Schoolboy Ben Wragge died after being shot in neck with airgun, inquest hears

Tributes and flowers for Ben Wragge at Thurston College.

Picture Mark Westley ANL-160305-100024009
Tributes and flowers for Ben Wragge at Thurston College. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160305-100024009

A popular schoolboy died after being shot in the side of the neck with an airgun pellet, an inquest has heard.

Benjamin Wragge, 13, suffered the wound while the airgun was being passed around between friends at an address in Old Post Office Lane, Thurston.

Today at Bury St Edmunds, an inquest was formally opened on Benjamin, who lived at Main Road, Great Ashfield.

Assistant Suffolk Coroner Yvonne Blake said that following the incident on the afternoon of May 1, several people, including his mother had attempted to revive Benjamin.

He was taken by ambulance to the West Suffolk Hospital where he later died, the hearing was told.

The Assistant Coroner said the incident had been investigated by the Suffolk and Norfolk police major investigation team and a Home Office post mortem examination had taken place.

The conclusion of the post mortem was that Benjamin died as a result of injuries resulting in being struck by an airgun pellet.

Following his death, Helen Wilson, Principal of Thurston Community College, described Ben as 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.”

Assistant Coroner Mrs Blake adjourned the inquest until November to allow enquiries to be completed.