Charlie Booth's family mourns 'one-in-a-million' son

Charlie Booth
Image caption Charlie Booth was a loving boy, his family said

Kent Police have been given the go-ahead to continue their inquiries into the death of a schoolboy who was found shot dead at his Cobham home on Friday.

Although officers say there is nothing suspicious about the death of Charlie Booth, they had referred the case to the independent police complaints body.

The IPCC investigated because police had contact with the 16-year-old's family over an "incident" the same day.

It says it has found no link between the police action and Charlie's death.

Police said the incident - which they will not discuss - was resolved at the time.

Death 'not suspicious'

Charlie's body was found at the family home, near Strood, at about 22:30 GMT that night.

Police are not commenting on how Charlie was shot, other than to say it was not suspicious.

They will now assist the coroner in establishing the cause of death.

The results of a post-mortem examination are expected shortly.

Charlie's family have paid tribute to their "beautiful boy".

In a statement, Charlie's parents, Nick and Julia, and their 12-year-old daughter, Harriet, described him as a loving boy with a very supportive family.

'One in a million'

They said: "He thought the world of [his family] and we all thought the world of him.

"He was just a typical country boy [who] enjoyed school life, loved outdoor pursuits, and he fully embraced the country lifestyle."

They went on: "Charlie was one in a million, very popular and well-liked, and was quite simply our beautiful boy."

Image caption Charlie Booth was said to be an excellent ambassador for Gad's Hill School

School cadet

Fellow pupils at Gad's Hill independent school in nearby Higham, were shocked to learn of his death.

Headmaster David Craggs described Charlie as a "friendly, enthusiastic, mature and self-confident student".

"He was an excellent ambassador for our school, an NCO in the school's combined cadet force and was due to embrace his passion for adventure and his love for the outdoors on a once-in-a-lifetime school expedition to Alaska this summer," he said.

Charlie had helped raise several thousand pounds with family and friends to help fund the Alaska trip in July, which his family said he had been looking forward to.

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