Boy found dead in Ystrad Mynach named as Carson Price

Police on their knees searching the park
Image caption Police have been searching Ystrad Mynach Park extensively

A 13-year-old boy who died after being found unconscious in a Caerphilly park has been named locally as Carson Price.

Police were called to Ystrad Mynach Park at about 19:20 BST on Friday 12 April.

The teenager was taken to University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff where he was pronounced dead.

Chris Parry, head teacher at Lewis School Pengam, said everyone at the school was "shocked and devastated at the terrible news".

His family has been informed and is being supported by specialist officers.

Image caption People have been leaving floral tributes at the scene

Mr Parry said the school would be providing support for all pupils and staff affected.

He added: "It is with immense sadness that today we have heard the terrible news that one of our pupils has tragically passed away.

"Everyone in our school is shocked and devastated by the loss of one of our own.

"I'm sure everyone in our community will join with us in sharing our deepest sympathies with the pupil's friends and family at this awful time."

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Image caption The park is popular with local families

The boy was found close to trees beside the rugby pitch.

Councillor Martyn James said everyone in the town was "really shocked".

"To see your young child taken away in the prime of his life must be heartbreaking for the family," he said.

"It's a very tight community and I am sure there will be lots of support that's needed."

Image caption Councillor Martyn James said the community was "tight" and would support the boy's family

Gwent Police is treating the boy's death as unexplained and specialists are working to determine the exact cause of death.

Det Ch Insp Sam Payne said: "At this time enquiries are ongoing and the investigation into this young boy's death are still in the early stages.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

"I'd like to appeal to anyone who can assist with our investigation."

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