To: Environment Agency, Spelthorne Local Authority, David Cameron

Potential Risk Arising From Toxic Gas In Landfills

We are calling for a truthful public debate and investigation into the tragic death of 7 year old Zane Gbangbola, who died when hydrogen cyanide was found in his home as floodwater rose beneath.

Why is this important?

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 “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 that “very 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 found in the family home.

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.

Press Coverage update
Officials knew FOUR years ago about toxic gas blamed for death of boy in Surrey floods: Environment Agency protected their own building…but didn’t tell boy’s family living right next door

Reasons for signing

  • Victoria C. 3 days ago
    No family should be subjected to such neglect and injustice, the truth will be heard.
  • Lucy M. 6 days ago
    The family need justice
  • Bernard A. 6 days ago
    The truth needs to be out


about 8 hours ago

Criminologist Professor Phil Scraton who was central to revealing The Truth about Hillsborough says that the parents of Zane Gbangbola should get legal aid. Please listen to his interview yesterday with LBC Tom Swarbrick –

17 days ago

Hillsborough Verdict a Warning to Authorities on Failings and Cover Ups

The 96 Liverpool fans who tragically died at Hillsborough have finally been recognised as victims of ‘unlawful killing’. I have the highest respect for the friends and families of the victims who fought for years for this recognition for their loved ones. This historic case proves that neglect and cover ups by authorities will not be tolerated, those who are wronged will not be silenced until the truth is recognised.

We must find out the Truth About Zane and we must learn lessons to protect others from suffering the same fate.

The people of surrey and all those and all those in areas touched by flooding must stand by the Gbangbola family, as the people of Liverpool did for the victims of Hillsborough. We must not rest until justice is served. We hope it will not take the agonising 27 years that the Hillsborough families suffered, but if it does we must be there.

about a month ago

To hear more of Kye and Nicole, tune in to Tom Swarbrick Saturday 9th April from 12pm on LBC.

, call on 0345 60 60 973 to text 84850, tweet @TomSwarbrick1 @lbc
– get in contact and let them know if you think Zane’s death is of interest to the wider public and Kye and Nicole should be granted legal aid.

  • 2 months ago

    Refused legal aid on the grounds that Zane’s inquest did not concern “the public interest”.
    Mr Gbangbola, said “An expectation that broken parents should have to represent themselves… that doesn’t seem fair or right in any kind of compassionate legal system,” he said.
    Ms Lawler added: “The hardest thing you can do is read your child’s post-mortem and then be expected to question the very people that did that… they’ve put us in an impossible situation.”
    “Our love for Zane will keep us strong… the reason we survived was to make sure that the truth came out,” Ms Lawler said.
    “We will protect Zane and fight for Zane for the rest of our lives so there’s absolutely no way that we will pull out whether we end up doing it ourselves or whether we’re able to raise the funds by other means.”
    Listen here:

    3 months ago

    URGENT UPDATE: Zane’s parents now face having to represent themselves at the coroner’s inquest. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency, Spelthorne Borough Council and the local NHS trust have all hired QC’s and barristers at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to fight the case and the mountain of evidence which proves hydrogen cyanide killed Zane.

    How are the grieving parents supposed to argue against 160 years of legal experience between them?
    Imagine having to question the pathologist that carried out your precious child’s postmortem.

    read the full article here >>

    3 months ago

    Dear Friends, A moment of reflection to commemorate 2 years since Zane was tragically killed. Crowds gathered outside the family home for an emotional candlelit memorial, where Zane’s parents spoke of their “remarkable” boy who had an “indomitable spirit and was full of life…. “On this day we remember and honour our Zane, our beautiful, funny, kind, intelligent ‘light up people’s lives’ and loving boy Zane.

    “He had this great old fashioned quality of being really nice to chat to and speak with. Today we reach out to the other side of pain and injustice and reach behind a time when Zane closed his eyes.

    “We talk about the things that he did and the people he touched in his remarkable seven years.”

    Zane’s parents were also interviewed by BBC News about the new evidence confirming 25,000ppm hydrogen cyanide was recorded in the family home when Zane died. The interview can be watched here

    4 months ago

    Dear Supporters, As the world wakes up to 2016 we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We thank you all for your love and support and ask you please not allow Zane’s death to become a ‘last year issue’. The fight goes on.

    The inquest touching the death of Zane has been delayed for 5 months to allow to further investigate new evidence recording very high levels of “25,000 parts per million of hydrogen cyanide” in his home. Evidence showed that the matter was taken “extremely seriously” when Government’s Cobra emergency committee meetings were held in relation to Zane’s death. Environment Agency National Emergency Incident documents were redacted to prevent the public and media knowing the truth.

    The 30-day inquest will begin on 13 June, with further pre-inquest review in February.



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