Police name 12-year-old West Midlands boy who died at indoor ski resort | UK News

Police named a 12-year-old boy who died in an incident at an indoor ski and snowboard center. Louis Watkiss, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was fatally injured at the SnowDome in Tamworth on Friday evening, Staffordshire police said.

The force said in a statement: “Police were called at 6:40 pm on September 24 to report that a child had been seriously injured at the SnowDome. Officers attended the scene, as well as paramedics. Sadly, Louis died of his injuries soon after.

“Louis’s family is supported by specially trained agents. We ask everyone to respect the right of the family to grieve in private during this extremely difficult time. Staffordshire Police continue to investigate the circumstances with support from the Health and Safety Executive. “

The West Midlands Ambulance Service had previously said the boy died “after an incident on the slope”.

The ski center’s website said on Monday that the center remained closed to the public for the time being.

A statement from center operators released over the weekend said: “The SnowDome must remain temporarily closed following the tragic death of a child on Friday evening. The managers and staff are deeply shocked by what has happened, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during these terrible times. “

He said management is cooperating fully with the investigation and that the center will reopen once investigators complete their work.

Alan White, Head of Staffordshire County Council, told the BBC: ‘We have to wait until the circumstances are established, but I would offer my deepest condolences at this terrible time to the family and friends of the deceased and to everyone affected by this. the tragedy.”

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