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Candlelit vigil held at Sheerness seafront for Lucas Dobson

A candlelit vigil has been held to support the family of six-year-old Lucas Dobson.

About 40 people turned out to Sheerness seafront last night to show their support for the family of the youngster who fell in the River Stour in Sandwich on Saturday afternoon.

The gathering was organised by Charlotte Hayes, along with others in coastal towns across Kent.

Sheppey carnival court members take part in a vigil for Lucas Dobson on the beach at Sheerness on Tuesday night. Picture: Karen Clayton
Sheppey carnival court members take part in a vigil for Lucas Dobson on the beach at Sheerness on Tuesday night. Picture: Karen Clayton

Members of the Sheerness Carnival Court turned up to show their support for Lucas' aunt, Maciee Stanford, who is the Deal Carnival Queen.

Karen Clayton, whose daughter Poppy - who goes to Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne - is senior Invicta Kent princess, went along and said: "We went along because we know Maciee. We were last in Margate together with her for the carnival there on Saturday, August 10.

"Anyone that's a parent knows it's every family's worst nightmare.

"A lot of people were there but it shows them we're thinking and caring about them.

"The whole family is blown away by the support shown, there's been candlelit vigils across Kent.

Sheppey residents turned out to show their support for the family of Lucas Dobson on Tuesday night. Picture: Karen Clayton
Sheppey residents turned out to show their support for the family of Lucas Dobson on Tuesday night. Picture: Karen Clayton

"There were probably about 40 people up on Sheerness beach but I know they did one in Warden Bay as well.

"Last night there were members of the Sheppey Carnival Court and the Court of Kent.

"We were wearing red at the vigil because it's Lucas' favourite colour.

"They had a couple of minutes silence for people who wanted to sit and reflect about what's happening or pray and show the family they're not on their own."

Organiser Charlotte Hayes told how people reflected on recent events.

She said: "It was beautiful, so many people came along to show how much Lucas and his family mean to so many people.

"I had lots of help from everyone. My heart breaks for the family and we will all hold Lucas and his family very close to our hearts.

"He has touched many hearts and it's just lovely to see everyone come together in bringing Lucas home to his mummy and daddy."

Police said this morning a body has been found in the search for Lucas and his family have been told.

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