Family’s tributes to football-loving boy who died in fall from pub wall

Relatives of a “delightful” seven-year-old boy who died after falling from a wall in a pub garden today told of their heartbreak.

Witnesses said football-loving Harvey Tyrrell climbed over the wall to retrieve a ball when he tripped and hit his head. His father battled to save his life before paramedics arrived.

Harvey died in hospital after the accident in the back garden of the King Harold pub in Harold Wood, near Romford , on Tuesday.

The pub remained shut today, with a shrine of flowers, teddy bears and a football shirt at the door.

Harvey’s aunt, Barbara Way, was among dozens of devastated relatives and friends paying tribute online.

Beneath a picture of the youngster posted on Facebook by his father, she wrote: “We saw this photo and said he would break someone’s heart one day with those looks. Little did we know that it would be everyone’s hearts that are now broken.”

Another friend wrote: “He was a beautiful, funny, kind-natured lad. He’ll be the brightest star in the sky.”

A family friend told the Standard: “He was a bright, happy child and his family doted on him. It is so tragic. Everyone is still in shock. I feel terrible for the family and his friends. I can’t believe this could happen.”

Harvey had just started term in year three at Harold Wood primary and played football for Harold Wood Cougars. In a statement, his school said: “He was a delightful member of the school and will be missed by everyone who knew him.” The Cougars said they were “greatly shocked and saddened by the sudden death of one of our under-eights players”, adding: “He was a talented member of the team and will be missed by everyone.”

A close family friend launched a crowdfunding page for Harvey’s funeral, which has raised more than £15,000. It says: “Harvey was a beautiful, happy and healthy seven-year-old boy who loved his football just like any other boy his age. The paramedics tried to help resuscitate Harvey for over an hour but he had already been taken by the angels.”

The death was being treated as unexplained by police who are investigating with Havering council.

A council spokeswoman said: “We have been informed of the tragic death of a seven-year-old boy in Harold Wood and we are working with the police to ensure the incident is fully investigated.” A Met spokesman said: “A 70-year-old man was interviewed under caution on Wednesday. No arrests have been made. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.”
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