Rotherham Baulk: Tragedy as boy, 16, killed by falling tree as 3 arrested on suspicion of manslaughter

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A 16-year-old boy has been tragically killed after being injured by a falling tree. Police were called to Rotherham Baulk, Carlton-in-Lindrick, at 11.21am on Saturday (June 15) following reports the boy had been seriously hurt.

Police and paramedics attended the incident, however the boy, named as Kamil Hubert in a fundraising web page, was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, aged 28 and 31, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. A 28-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. All three remain in police custody.

It has been reported that he was earning “some extra pocket money” by helping workers cut down trees. However, he was crushed by a falling branch and died almost instantly.

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Detective Inspector Simon Harrison, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the boy’s family. They have asked for privacy at this most difficult time.

“The family are being supported by specially-trained officers as we continue to investigate exactly what happened. Our inquiries remain ongoing, and we are appealing for anyone with information, including witnesses and anyone who may have captured CCTV, doorbell camera or dashcam footage, to please get in contact with us.”

Kamil’s cousin Aleksandra Ostapczuk has set up a GoFundMe page. On it she wrote: “Hi, I have set this GoFundMe for my aunt. On 15th June, my aunt’s 16 year old son tragically died. He just finished his GCSE’s the day prior to the incident. We are trying to help her raise money to cover the costs of the funeral for him.

“Kamil was a kind and loving boy who was taken away from us way too early. If you can, please donate to help us give him the send off that he deserves.”

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So far it has raised more than £6,500 of a £10,000 target. The GoFundMe page for Kamil is here.

Anyone with information should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 229 of 15 June 2024, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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