TruthAboutZane Campaign Fund
Zane was a lively and happy little boy who brightened the lives of all who met him.
Zane died in his home on 8 February 2014, a day after his home in Chertsey was hit by severe floods. His parents Nicole and Kye were hospitalised in a critical condition.
Officials are investigating whether Zane’s death was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. But family, friends and the fire services crew have highlighted that there is evidence to suggest the real cause was hydrogen cyanide, a toxic gas that can lurk in unregulated landfill, released from the ground by mixing with floodwater.
The fire and rescue team who attended the incident and monitored the air in the family home confirmed very high levels (25,000 parts per million) of hydrogen cyanide were present. Hydrogen cyanide was also found in the family's blood. It is understood that hydrogen cyanide can be released into the breathable atmosphere from flood water following a change in pressure or temperature. If this was the cause of Zane’s death, then clearly there are issues of public safety that require urgent attention.
After Zane and his family were taken to St.Peter’s hospital in Chertsey, the police and fire services evacuated nearby homes and a public health warning was issued for those in the area feeling unwell to seek urgent medical assistance. Seventeen other local residents and police officers were ambulanced to hospital, isolated in contamination areas and then tested and and observed.
Despite the reports high levels of hydrogen cyanide were found at the property, reports in the press suggested Zane’s death may have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from pumps in the family home. The family have said that the only pumps which were on at the time were electric. The house is a rare all electric house with no gas supply and no capability of generating carbon monoxide. No carbon monoxide was recorded in the family home despite several sweeps of the house.
Also, it took Public Health England 14 weeks to confirm to the family that hydrogen cyanide was indeed found in their flooded house and amazingly, despite the immediate finding of hydrogen cyanide in the home, the pathologist was never told to test Zane’s blood for hydrogen cyanide.
However, as early as March, the family sent a report to the coroner suggesting excellent lines of enquiry including testing for hydrogen cyanide. They are still to confirm what actually killed Zane.
The family’s own investigations into the surrounding area have since revealed that a field 6 metres from their home that contains a lake and looks so idyllic, is actually contaminated land but this did not show in environmental searches. Zane’s parents bought the house in 2004, when an environmental report showed no land contamination.
However, subsequent reports for a neighbouring property in 2011, and for their own home, ordered by Zane’s parents last month, indicate contamination due to an old landfill site behind their home, now an infilled lake.
Both Mr Gbangbola, who still has to use a wheelchair following his illness, and Ms Lawler believe there is a chance that families in other homes may be at risk since restrictions on what could be dumped at landfill sites in the past were less stringent. Also, no notice was given to the home or business owners in the area that would have been affected by the reclassification to contaminated land.
In short, it appears that the very agencies here to protect us believe the truth will do more harm than good. Their focus is on the avoidance of national hysteria over the possible risk posed by old contaminated, undisclosed landfill sites throughout the UK. How many are there? Could you be living by one? Zane’s parents are deeply concerned that all possible causes of his death are not being investigated fully.
Nicole and Kye are bereaved parents who deserve to know what really happened to their son. Also, they are currently homeless, unable to return to their home and Kye is still in a wheelchair. They have been left ‘broken’ by the death of their son and frustrated by the lack of answers.
Mr Gbangbola said: “We really want to push and find answers because it is wrong that these risks can occur. Ideally this is something we would like to be able to highlight nationally. This deadly gas has come from somewhere, the authorities need to admit its presence, investigate its source and act to prevent more deaths and illness.” He said “We miss Zane every second of the day and all those who spent time with Zane commented that Zane was a truly remarkable boy. We would not want anyone else to experience this pain and burden of a living hell”.
Help us get the truth about Zane’s death. Join the campaign for a proper public debate to establish the truth and ensure a tragedy like this never happens again. TruthAboutZane Campaign Petition
The full objects of the Fund are:
. To fund Legal Council in the absence of Legal Aid;
. To secure the TruthAboutZane;
. To procure that the cause of contamination is thoroughly investigated and that those responsible, as well as those who played or play any part in assisting them, are identified and brought to justice; and
. To provide support, including financial assistance, to Zane's family.
. If the above objects are fulfilled then the objects of the Fund shall be to pursue such purposes in similar cases arising in the United Kingdom.
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Whilst this site requires an amount to raise to be entered, we do not have a total in mind. All donations are being raised and controlled by Zane's parents direclty, generously received and a blessing to Kye & Nicole. Thank you.
The Home Secretary has said yesterday the couple exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury were exposed in an area that hadn't been part of the clean-up following the Skripal's poisoning months before.
But Sajid Javid also said, "It is completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets, or for our streets, our parks, our towns, to be dumping grounds for poison."
Yet little Zane's death continues to be kicked into long grass when, The Nerve Agent Hydrogen Cyanide was detected in his home. The Environment Agency protected the property they own next door with gas proof membranes 4 years prior after commissioning reports which showed migrating gases that would ‘kill or cause serious injury’ to occupants, due to the close proximity of the abutting historic landfill site.
Zane should be graduating junior school today, which is another raw, and painful milestone denied him. So many lost moments, dreams, aspirations.
If you’ve lost a loved one, a milestone event such as leaving junior school trigger a new wave of grief.
Unfortunately, our culture teaches us we’re supposed to grieve quickly and move on with our lives. Zane’s parents have not only suffered the loss of their precious child, the paralysis of Zane’s father and the long drawn out fight for truth. For them, grieving hasn’t even started yet. Victim blaming, authorities protecting reputations over truth and the financial crippling from being denied legal aid 3 times, are all compounding factors.
Zane’s mum describes grief, as a sign of how much Zane was deeply loved. How Zane could not have been loved more and how every second without him is a moment lost.
Zane’s school included a memorial for Zane during the leavers assembly where in a beautiful and highly moving speech, one of his best friend read of Zane’s many achievements and how their love and friendship has no boundaries. Zane’s Eco Award was given out and the school has a beautiful eco garden dedicated to Zane called ‘Zane’s Garden’
The power of love is stronger than the love of power,
52 months today since little Zane was killed and our fight for transparency and truth began. Public bodies continue to protect reputations rather than lives.
Please see the latest issue of @Her_Edit with Andy Burnham https://buff.ly/2kMDQSP . He's the lynch pin between Her_Edit's 2 campaigns for @TruthAboutZane https://buff.ly/2Dbd2Cr & @Justice4the21 https://buff.ly/2JxjBGw .
Thank you all for your ongoing support.
Nicole (Zane's Mummy)
Today marks 49 months since Zane was killed. What is significant about that, you may ask? Well, for Zane's parents, it's been 49 months since there world came to an abrupt stop and there precious boy was killed. Since that moment on the 8th March 2014, Kye and Nicole have spent every day since fighting for truthful answers,
A highly toxic chemical nerve agent was detected in their house by emergency HAZMAT and government scientists took over the property yet that information was never made public.
Having established that the nerve agent Hydrogen Cyanide, which was used in the gas chambers during the second world war, was the cause of the symptoms….why did all the walls come down and the theory of CO released into the public as speculation.
Amber Rudd went on record yesterday stating that the government respond to evidence not rumour in the case of the Russian's found unconscious. Like Zane's case there have been two emergency cobra meetings and government scientists from Porton Down investigating the scene, yet why didn't the government do the right thing with little Zane? Why kick Zane's death into the long grass?
Zane's mother speaks to LBC Shelagh Fogarty, you can listen to the full 10 minute interview here: http://www.truthaboutzane.com/updates/zanes-mummy-speaks-to-shelagh-fogarty-at-lbc
As the three years before Zane’s third memorial, Nicole and Kye have continued to fight for truth. We appreciate that some would like an update, so here are some of the things that have been happening in the last year in our fight for Zane. 2017 Summary - Another year fighting for TruthAboutZane
Thank you for supporting us. We fight on and continue to gather signatures for our petition 'CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION AND INDEPENDENT PANEL INQUIRY INTO THE DEATH OF 7 YEAR OLD ZANE, can you help spread the word by forwarding the link below to your friends?
I can't understand this, if you remember this was an incident that required a shut down to the whole area, residents were evacuated and prevented from going home. Several residents had to be tested because cyanide was detected and made the news as A MAJOR INCIDENT. How come all the evidence related to this has now disappeared. Someone needs to explain what happened to the cyanide readings taken on the day. Obviously the truth is yet to come out.
Please, please read this, it could so easily be someone you love. How very disgraceful that the authorities refuse to own up to what has happened here. How many of us live near landfill sites? And how do we know whether the contents are toxic, even if they weren't when they were put there, over time and mixing with other tipped items they could well become dangerous. Also how sickening that this couple have to rely on public financial support because they have been refused legal aid, despite being advised that they qualify and should get it. This is an example of all that is wrong today, a government who do not care about the very people who pay their inflated salaries and huge expenses
Your comment on the Russian and nerve agent is very pertinent with Rudd’s verbal when the officials have oppressively pushed justice to the side in the case of Zane who died of similar category.
What is the latest news with the legal fight for justice - can anyone tell me?
Can't get off work Weds morning, but will be there with you in spirit. I hope you get the truth about Zane ♥
Cant be with you as I live in Cornwall but will be thinking about you and hope you finally get the truth for Zane. X
Really good news you are so near the target and have secured representation, although how depressing that you were forced down this route instead of being granted funding automatically.
this does not surprise me one iota, classic behaviour by Spelthorne Council, who have some deeply unpleasant people in charge .
Good to hear you have such a valuable ally. Keep the fight going, a lot of decent people are supporting you and are hoping that you succeed.