Suffolk river fall boy's 'heart problems'

Alan Lock
Image caption Alan Lock was pulled from the River Stour

A boy of six, who died after falling into a river in Suffolk while with a Beaver Scout group, had "underlying heart problems", an inquest has heard.

Alan Lock, of Acton, near Sudbury, was pulled from the River Stour near Ballingdon Bridge in June 2009, the hearing in Bury St Edmunds was told.

Police said they had not been able to find out how he got into the water.

A pathologist said it was possible that the boy's heart condition had caused him to lose consciousness and fall.

Alan was one of 18 Beaver Scouts taking part in a supervised walk along a riverbank, the inquest heard.

'Very sensible'

Coroner Dr Peter Dean was told that the boy had been to Beaver meetings twice before and was wearing his scout T-shirt for the first time.

The youngster's parents, Allan and Sharon, told in statements how their son had been "very sensible" and "not adventurous".

Det Ch Insp Nicholas Bennett said one of the scout leaders had spotted Alan's "shoes sticking from the water" as the group crossed a bridge.

The inquest continues.

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