Teenagers face no further action over death of Thurston air rifle shooting victim Ben Wragge, 13

A tribute to Ben Wragge who died in an air rifle shooting.

A tribute to Ben Wragge who died in an air rifle shooting. - Credit: Staff photographer

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a 13-year-old boy in Thurston will face no further action, police have said.

Police at the scene on May 1.

Police at the scene on May 1. - Credit: Staff

The pair were due to answer bail tomorrow after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Thurston Community College pupil Ben died on May 1 at West Suffolk Hospital after he was shot in the neck with an air rifle in the village of Thurston.

An inquest into his death will now take place later this year, with the police preparing a file for the coroner.

Police were called to Old Post Office Lane by the ambulance service at 1.35pm on May 1 to reports that a boy had sustained life threatening injuries and later that day they arrested the two boys aged 14.

Ben's death shocked the Thurston community, with thousands taking to Facebook and Twitter to pay tribute. Hundreds of flowers were laid in his memory at the Thurston school fence.


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He was described by his school teachers as an 'extremely likeable' boy, with his coaches at Stowmarket Rugby Club also paying tribute. The promising player was a key part of the Under 14 side and was always keen to help out the club and his team mates.

Helen Wilson, principal of Thurston Community College, said at the time: 'Ben was a mature and intelligent young man. As a member of Year 9 and Penrose House, he was an extremely likeable character, whose calm and respectful demeanour made him popular across the college. Ben will be sadly missed by his friends and staff.'

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A spokeswoman for Suffolk police confirmed the decision to not charge the teenagers today, saying: 'Following a full investigation into circumstances around his death, police have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service and no further action will be taken against either of the boys.'

At the opening of the inquest into Ben's death, which happened earlier this year, the coroner revealed how Ben's mother Claire Wragge had tried to revive him.

Thousands of pounds were raised to support Ben's family after his death.

He leaves behind two sisters, a brother and his mother and father, who are separated.

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