Inquiry as Leeds boy found hanged

Lee Robertshaw.

Lee Robertshaw.

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An inquiry has been launched after a teenager was found hanged while in the care of Leeds City Council.

Lee Robertshaw, 16, from Seacroft, Leeds, was found dead at the house where he was being looked after in Wakefield.

Now an investigation is under way by the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board, with Lee’s family demanding to know if his death could have been prevented.

Jane Held, independent chairman of the board, told the YEP: “We’re deeply saddened to hear about Lee’s death and extend our heart-felt sympathies to his family.

“We will be looking closely at the circumstances in liaison with the city council to find out what happened but unfortunately we’re unable to comment further until after the inquest has taken place.”

Lee, originally from Foundry Mill Mount in Seacroft, was taken into care in December last year.

He was being cared for at a house in Dudfleet Lane, Horbury, Wakefield, but continued to visit his family in Seacroft regularly.

His grandmother Carole Grigg, 55, said: “He would always go back to Wakefield, although it was a bit heartbreaking for him and everyone.”

She said he had not displayed any signs of depression before his body was discovered at about 9.30am last Friday, June 1.

It is understood he had been heard crying the night before.

The family, who say they did not find out about what had happened until about 4pm, have been told he was found suspended by a cord from a light fitting in his bedroom.

They are upset that it took more than six hours before they were informed of the tragedy – and are demanding answers about how he died.

Mrs Grigg added: “Everyone’s in uproar to be honest. How could it take that long to tell the family?

“No-one’s telling us anything, we’re having to piece things together. We want to know how it could have happened.”

Leeds coroner’s office is due to open an inquest on Monday.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman confirmed the matter was not being treated as suspicious.

Lee’s funeral is due to be held on June 19 and dozens of tributes have been left on a Facebook group set up in his memory.

One member of the group, Jackie Stewart, wrote: Still got a heavy pain in my chest. I like a lot of others am so sorry for a lot of things, Lee.

“I only hope you can see how much you’re loved but sometimes it takes something so sad to make us see what we have.”

Another, Ste Turner, said: “Lee, you were the one who stuck by me through thick and thin. It’s sad that you have gone like this, you will always have a place in my heart brother.”

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