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Tributes paid to Alex Robinson, boy 'killed by grandad'

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Image caption Alex Robinson died on 23 December

The family of a nine-year-old boy allegedly murdered by his grandfather say they have been "overwhelmed" by tributes to him.

Hundreds of people queued at a church to light candles for Alex Robinson and leave messages in a book of condolence.

The tribute was organised by the church and Alex's school, St Peter at Gowts Primary.

Its head teacher said the school was "shocked and devastated" by the news of his death in Lincoln last week.

In a statement, released through Lincolnshire Police, Alex's family said they had been "overwhelmed with the tributes that have been pouring in for Alex and the messages of support".

'Pull them through'

"They would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the book, or who has offered kind words during this tragic time," the statement said.

"As they try to come to terms with the loss of Alex, these messages continue to help pull them through."

Helen Okrafo-Smart, interim head teacher at the school, said: "Alex was a valuable and lively member of our school and popular with his peers and with staff.

"He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family at this tragic time."

Image caption There will be a service for Alex Robinson at the church on Saturday

Alex died on 23 December after emergency services were called to a terraced house in Pennell Street, Lincoln.

St Peter at Gowts with St Andrew's Church opened from 10:30 to 12:30 GMT for people to sign the book of condolence and will open at the same time on Saturday.

There will also be a service at the church at 12:30 on Saturday.

'Lad you didn't ignore'

The Reverend Jeremy Cullimore, the priest in charge, said: "The death of a child is always a tragedy, especially when it happens at Christmas.

"It affects the whole family, of course, but the whole community as well.

"My colleague and curate regularly attended the school and tells me that Alex was a lad that you didn't ignore.

"He was a character and there will be a real sense of loss."

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Image caption Alex Robinson was a pupil at St Peter at Gowts School in Lincoln

The school will pay further tribute to Alex at the start of the new term.

It is talking to his parents about what is most appropriate, and will discuss ideas with his classmates and the other pupils.

Alex's 64-year-old grandfather, Stewart Greene, was charged with his murder on Christmas Eve.

Mr Greene, of Danes Court, Grimoldby, has since appeared at Lincoln Crown Court, where he will appear again for a plea and case management hearing on 24 April.

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