April 10, 2019 10.28 am This story is over 62 months old

Family’s emotional tribute amid teen death tragedy

The cause of death is still under investigation

The family of Holbeach teenager Alex Buchan have described him as a “gentle, kind boy, who would help anyone.”

Alex’s father, also called Alexander, paid tribute to his son who died after police and paramedics were called to a house on Fleet Street in Holbeach in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The cause of death is still under investigation and police have not officially confirmed his identity.

Police previously confirmed that a 15-year-old girl and two 19-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of drug related offences. They have been released on bail.

Alex Buchan, 14.

Mr Buchan, 60, a company director, last saw his son on Friday evening.

“Alex was such a gentle, kind boy, he really was,” Mr Buchan said.

“He was so loving and helpful, he would help anyone, and he was loved by all his family. This has come as such a shock.”

Mr Buchan said he could not comment further on the circumstances of his son’s death as it was being investigated by the police. The cause of Alex’s death has not yet been confirmed.

According to the Daily Mail Alex’s father said “all we have been told is that they found a pill in his pocket”. When The Lincolnite asked police about this the force said “we are not in a position to offer any further comment as this investigation will take some time”.

Tributes have begun pouring in for Alex Buchan. Photo: GoFundMe page

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman previously said: “Officers were called to an address in Fleet Street, Holbeach, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

“A 14-year-old boy was found dead at the scene and his family have been informed.

“A 15-year-old girl and two 19-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of drug-related offences and have been released on bail.

“Our investigation into the circumstances is ongoing and anyone with information should call Holbeach Police Station on 101, quoting incident number 34 of April 6”

An online fundraising appeal has been set up by Alex’s family which at the time of writing has raised over £1,500.

A tribute read: “As a family, we are trying our hardest to raise as much money as possible to give our boy the best possible send-off he deserves.”

Another tribute to Alex from sister Beth Donnelly said: “I never thought I’d ever have to say goodbye to you, the sweetest boy I know, with a heart of gold,

“I’m sorry I wasn’t by your side but know that I always loved you with my whole heart and I never wanted to see you hurt.

“Thank you for being the best brother a girl could ever have and we miss you terribly.

“Rest in peace handsome until we meet again.”

A spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 12.56am on Saturday to a private address in Holbeach to assist with a medical emergency.

“We sent two paramedics in two ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and the air ambulance.”