Boy’s death ‘total tragedy’

Joshua Houlgate
Joshua Houlgate

A CORONER described the death of a ten-year-old Castleford boy who collapsed while playing in the snow, as a “total tragedy”.

The inquest into the death of Joshua Houlgate, of Willow Court, opened at Wakefield Coroner’s Court on Tuesday.

Coroner’s officer Anthony Lancaster read a statement which said the youngster had gone outside to play in a park close to his home on the morning of February 5.

He said Joshua and his friends were building an igloo in the snow when he began to complain of feeling unwell.

Mr Lancaster said Joshua grabbed onto a nearby tree before collapsing to the ground.

He described how friends ran to fetch Joshua’s mother who called paramedics to the scene, but Joshua was pronounced dead at 1.13pm at the accident and emergency department of Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital.

Mr Lancaster added that a cause of death had not yet been established.

Adjourning the inquest pending further inquiries, deputy coroner Melanie Williamson said Joshua’s death was a “total tragedy”.