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Teacher tribute to ice death boy

Ben Newell
Ben Newell died when he fell through ice into freezing water

The head teacher of a six-year-old boy who died when he fell into icy waters has said he was full of fun.

Ben Newell died while playing with his 12-year-old brother on an iced-over pond near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, on Saturday.

Charlotte Clerehugh, the head of Streethouse Junior and Infant School said Ben was popular and a livewire.

Youngsters at the school were spoken to about the death by staff during an assembly on Monday morning.

'Deceptive dangers'

Mrs Clerehugh said: "Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

"Ben was popular, full of fun and real livewire who will be missed by all his friends, staff and governors here.

"I will be talking to all the children in assembly and helping them to come to terms with what has happened."

Rick Hemingway, Wakefield assistant district manager of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, warned about the dangers of playing on ice.

"I can't emphasise enough the deceptive dangers of frozen water.

"Temperatures have been very cold recently, the ice is extremely thin and breaks easily.

"Ponds, rivers and canals are not playgrounds and even though the snow and icy conditions may look inviting to children, there is no such thing as safe ice."

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