THE father of a six-year-old boy who died after falling 70ft from the window of a Leeds flat has paid tribute to his “lovely little boy”.
Liam Shackleton plunged to his death on Lindsey Mount, Lincoln Green, on Tuesday afternoon.
He was pronounced dead a short time later at Leeds General Infirmary.
Speaking about his loss for the first time, his father Martin said yesterday: “Liam was a lovely little boy who was always full of life and loved being in the middle of everything.
“Words cannot begin to describe how much he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who have left flowers, toys and messages. The many kind words and thoughts have meant a great deal at this very difficult time.”
Four people questioned by police in connection with Liam’s death – including Liam’s mother Tanya Shackleton, 28 – have now been released on bail.
Leeds City Council, meanwhile, has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
Jane Held, chair of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board, told the YEP: “As is usual in such circumstances, the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board will now oversee a review into the circumstances of the death.”
She added: “We can confirm that Leeds Social Care was not involved or working with the family at the time of Liam’s death.
“We can also confirm that the flat was in the name of a single male tenant and that the windows in the block of flats do incorporate safety measures which meet current building regulations requirements.”
Neighbours said the youngster moved into the flat recently along with his parents, Martin and Tanya Shackleton, as well as two brothers and a sister.
The YEP understands Mr Shackleton’s father was the tenant of the property.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Four people, two men aged 57 and 36, one 28-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl arrested on suspicion of child neglect following the death of a six-year-old boy who fell from a block of flats in Lindsey Mount, Leeds, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.”