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Mayor visits family after boy’s ‘unexplained death’ following collapse at Bow School

PUBLISHED: 16:23 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:23 15 November 2016

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs who visited family of Bow School pupil who died

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs who visited family of Bow School pupil who died

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The parents of the schoolboy who died after being taken ill during what’s believed to have been a lunchtime detention at his East London school have had a visit from the Mayor of Tower Hamlets offering condolence.

Bow school entrance in Twelvetrees Crescent, Bromley-by-Bow [Google Images]Bow school entrance in Twelvetrees Crescent, Bromley-by-Bow [Google Images]

Police are looking into the ‘unexplained death’ of 14-year-old Nasar Ahmed who died yesterday, four days after being taken ill at Bow Secondary School.

“The circumstances around this tragic death need to be carefully examined,” Mayor John Biggs told the East London Advertiser this-afternoon.

“But it is Nasar’s family who should be foremost in our thoughts today at this extremely difficult time. We must rally around his family, friends and everyone at his school and offer all the support we can.”

He is returning this-evening to visit the family in the Bow area, to offer what support the local authority can give.

Bow School's Head teacher Cathy Smith pictures when the new school opened in 2014 [Photo: Tower Hamlets Council]Bow School's Head teacher Cathy Smith pictures when the new school opened in 2014 [Photo: Tower Hamlets Council]

The Town Hall is in touch with the school to look into the circumstances of Nasar’s death.

Nasar was taken ill during what’s believed to have been a lunchtime detention. His death four days later is being treated as “unexplained”, Scotland Yard confirmed earlier today.

Nasar, who had severe asthma, had been kept at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel over the weekend after being rushed there last Thursday from the school in Bromley-by-Bow, two miles away.

He had been in detention with his friends when he complained of feeling ill and asked to get his inhaler, the boy’s uncle has told the BBC. The school had to call for an ambulance.

Bow Secondary’s head teacher Cath Smith said in a statement: “The whole school community sends our prayers to his family and we’ll continue to offer support to them and to his fellow pupils and teachers at this difficult time.”

The school is “cooperating fully” with investigations into the circumstances of the tragedy and is to carry out its own internal “thorough review” of what happened.

Tower Hamlets Social Services have been informed and are also involved in the investigation. A post-mortem is due at Poplar Mortuary.

The mixed co-ed school, formerly Bow Boys Secondary, moved just two years ago, under Cath Smith to its new campus site in Twelvetrees Crescent, on the banks of the River Lea. Its A-Level and GCSE results have been improving year-on-year under her leadership.

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