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Shock at death of 'bullied' boy
Paul Moran
Police said Paul's death was not being treated as suspicious
The family of a schoolboy who was found hanged in his bedroom have spoken of their shock and hurt at his death.

Police are investigating claims that 13-year-old Paul Moran, who attended Lytham St Annes High School, was subjected to bullying.

He was found by his family in his room at their home in Spring Gardens, St Annes, on Sunday. He died later in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

In a statement, his family said Paul had been extremely popular at school.

"This is a tragic incident and we are all deeply shocked hurt and sorry he has gone," they said.

"He was a great son, brother and uncle and we all miss him dearly.

"It was apparent that he was very popular at school and we would like to thank the school and friends for their support and would like him to be remembered as Paul being Paul."

We just had no inkling that this was coming
Philip Wood
Head teacher

Lancashire Police said they were investigating reports the teenager had been bullied both at school and in his free time.

Head teacher Philip Wood said the death had come as a shock to the school community who were working with police to verify the bullying allegations.

He said: "This is clearly a tragedy and the whole school has been devastated by the news."

The year eight pupil joined the school in September last year from Mayfield Primary School.

Special assembly

Trained counsellors were at the school offering support to pupils upset by the death.

Mr Wood said there were plans to hold a special assembly in tribute to the youngster.

The police spokeswoman said bullying claims were not the only line of inquiry.

Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

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