Kyle Rees inquest confirms boy was hit by cricket ball

Tributes to Kyle Rees
Image caption Tanya Cooper said her son Kyle was "the light of her life"

An inquest has heard a 16-year-old Dorset schoolboy died after being struck on the side of the head by an indoor practice cricket ball.

Kyle Rees, a pupil at Portchester School in Bournemouth, suffered a head injury on Monday during an incident in the playground.

He died in hospital on Tuesday. A 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been bailed.

Kyle's father John said he will "always be in our hearts".

'Light of our lives'

In a statement released through police, Mr Rees added: "We would like to thank everybody for all the support and love which has been shown for my son.

"He was so loved by everyone and he was such a special boy.

"Words are not enough to describe how desperately he will be missed."

Home Office forensic pathologist Russell Delaney gave the cause of death as a head injury but the inquest heard further laboratory investigations were being awaited.

East Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne said the boy's death was now the subject of extensive investigations and adjourned the inquest until a later date.

Kyle's mother, Tanya Cooper, said on Thursday the whole family was devastated at their loss.

She said: "He was the light of our lives, he was our everything."

Kyle was initially taken to Bournemouth Hospital and then transferred to Southampton General Hospital in a critical condition, where he died.

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