Teen dies af­ter fall­ing ill on bus

● Po­lice watchdog to ex­am­ine of­fi­cers’ ac­tions in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent

The Scotsman - - Front Page - By COURT­NEY CAMERON

A 13-year-old boy who went miss­ing in Ed­in­burgh with­out his di­a­betes med­i­ca­tion fell ill and died. Blake Ross was re­ported miss­ing on Satur­day. He was found un­well two days later on a city bus, and sub­se­quently died in hos­pi­tal.

A po­lice watchdog has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­low­ing the death of an Ed­in­burgh teenager who was re­ported miss­ing over the week­end.

Blake Ross, 13, was dis­cov­ered un­well on a Loth­ian bus on Mon­day af­ter­noon, two days af­ter po­lice launched a ma­jor search op­er­a­tion af­ter he dis­ap­peared from How­den­hall in the south of the city.

The Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Re­view Com­mis­sioner (Pirc) is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers’ ac­tions in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

The teenager, who lived at the city’s St Katharine’s care unit, is un­der­stood to have suf­fered from di­a­betes and did not have ac­cess to his med­i­ca­tion while he was miss­ing.

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed Blake had been taken to the Sick Kids Hos­pi­tal on Mon­day, where he died at around 9pm.

His death is cur­rently be­ing treated as un­ex­plained and in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing.

A pas­sen­ger who was trav­el­ling on a num­ber 4 Loth­ian bus around 2pm on Mon­day told how Blake got on the bus with his hood up, and said he “slid down the bus stop” on Leopold Place af­ter get­ting off the ser­vice.

She said: “I didn’t no­tice him get­ting on at first but af­ter the ticket in­spec­tor ap­peared there was a small com­mo­tion hap­pen­ing at the front of the bus.

“I heard the boy, who was sit­ting with his hood up at first, tell the ticket in­spec­tor a few things in­clud­ing that he needed a hot drink. I think the ticket in­spec­tor knew it was Blake – the boy that was miss­ing – as he kept com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the driver.

“The in­spec­tor asked him if he was feel­ing OK be­cause he kept fall­ing asleep.

“He re­ally didn’t look well. Then when he got off the bus he stum­bled and slid down the bus shel­ter.”

Su­per­in­ten­dentles­l­eyclark, of Po­lice Scot­land’s Ed­in­burgh Divi­sion, said: “This is a tragic death of a young boy and our thoughts are with Blake’s fam­ily at this very dif­fi­cult time.

“In the com­ing days and weeks we will be work­ing with our rel­e­vant part­ners to sup­port his loved ones.”

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