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BOY'S DEATH WAS 'NOT STAFF'S FAULT'

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Hertfordshire CC social services director Ian White said there was no evidence that staff in charge of a five-year-...
Hertfordshire CC social services director Ian White said there was no evidence that staff in charge of a five-year-old boy who drowned in a boating lake had been anything less than conscientious.

Martin Hollis was on a trip with eight other children and three adults from a social services run family centre in Letchworth. He slipped away from the rest of the group and was later found dead.

Mr White said: 'I have no reason to believe Martin's death was anything other than a tragic accident.

'The staff to child ratio we set when taking children on outings is better than that recommended by the Department of Health.'

He said all staff from the family centre had been offered counselling, as they were extremely upset.
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