Kent Police confirm officer visited Cobham home of Gad's Hill pupil Charlie Booth hours before gun death
Police had visited the home of
teenager Charlie Booth just hours before he apparently shot
himself with his father's gun, it has emerged today.
Public schoolboy Charlie Booth, 16, was found dead at his home
in the village of Cobham on Friday night.
Kent Police today confirmed an officer had visited the
family home earlier in the day to talk about an "incident".
A spokesman refused to explain why officers had been
involved, but said: "There was no ongoing criminal or pending
investigation and the matter was resolved at the meeting."
The case has now been "routinely" referred to the
Independent Police Complaints Commission, he added.
The gun is believed to be licensed and Kent Police say they not
making any inquiries into the ownership of the weapon.
In the days before his death, Charlie tweeted about his volatile
moods and said he got caught up in arguments.
One message at 6.49pm on March 7, the day before he died, said:
"Swear I get in s*** moods for no reason at the moment! Need to
sort myself out."
Tragic Charlie (pictured above right) lived with his
father Nicholas, 52, marketing assistant mother Julia, 48, and
12-year-old sister Harriet in a large country home.
In a tribute released today, his family described
him as a "one-in-a-million son".
Charlie Booth aged five
with his father Nicholas enjoying the coconut shy at the Museum of
Kent Life in June 2002
It read: "As a son he was a very loving boy that had a very
supportive family, not just his parents, but his aunts, uncles,
cousins and grandparents. He thought the world of them and we all
thought the world of him.
"He was just a typical country boy that enjoyed school life,
loved outdoor pursuits and he fully embraced the country
"Charlie was one in a million, very popular and well-liked, and
was quite simply our beautiful boy."
Police confirmed Charlie's death was not being
investigated as suspicious, but would not say if his death was
being treated as an accident or suicide.
The case has now been handed to the coroner and an inquest is
due to open soon.
Officers discovered the body of Charlie, who was a member of the
cadet force at Gad's Hill School in Higham, at his home in Watling
Street, Cobham, at 10.30pm on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the
Charlie Booth attended
private Gad's Hill School in Higham
Charlie was a keen member of the Gad's Hill Combined Cadet
Force, which trains pupils in a range of military activities
including shooting, survival training, rock climbing and taking
part in assault courses.
He also represented the school at cross-country, rugby and
hockey and previously played for Gravesend Rugby Football Club and
had a keen interest in cricket.
Charlie helped raise several thousand pounds through a number of
events with family and friends to help fund a school trip to Alaska
Gad's Hill headmaster David Craggs led tributes to Charlie,
whose death left the school "united in grief".
Mr Craggs (pictured right) said: "Charlie was after all a
remarkable young man, who had such a bright future ahead of
"Our first thoughts are for Charlie's family and I can say with
confidence, that they have the heartfelt support and condolences of
the whole Gad's Hill community.
"Charlie was a friendly, enthusiastic, mature and self-confident
student with so much to live for - attributes that make this
tragedy even more difficult to comprehend.
"He will be greatly missed. His loss leaves his family, our
school and the wider Gad's community in mourning and struggling to
make sense of what has unfolded."
Charlie and his friends sat a maths exam last week and he was
preparing for his GCSE exams in the summer.
Friends paid tribute to Charlie on Twitter, describing him
as a "great friend" who will "never be forgotten".
Did you know Charlie Booth? Leave your tributes below.
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