23rd Oct, 2017

Coventry teenager in coma after gang drove him to suicide attempt

Coventry Editorial 24th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY teenager is fighting for his life after he tried to kill himself following months of bullying.

Bradley Parkes, has been placed in an induced coma at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after being found unconcious last night (Thursday).

Police were called to woodland in Willenhall where the 16-year-old was found hanging.

The year 11 pupil at Ernesford Grange Community Academy had allegedly been tormented by a gang in the Willenhall area.

A spokesperson from the school said: “Our school and our community are struggling to deal with the sad news that one of our students Bradley Parkes is in a coma and on a life support machine at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“Our thoughts are with Bradley and his family at this sad time.”

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Kirkman, from Coventry Police, echoed the school’s sentiments and said the force’s thoughts were with the boy, his family and friends following this ‘terrible event.’

She added: “My officers remain in contact with the family as part of the investigation and to support them at this time.

“We recognise this is an emotive time for the school and the community.

“We are committed to finding out what may have led up to the boy taking such a sad decision and we continue to investigate offences that may have been committed against him.

“Additional patrols are being carried out in the Willenhall area and we are working very closely with the school.”

Anyone with any information that may assist the investigation should contact West Midlands Police officers on on 101.

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