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Parents pay tribute to Scots boy who died in Topshop

Kaden Reddick, ten, died when a display barrier fell on him in a 'horrific accident'.

The heartbroken parents of a ten-year-old Scots boy killed in a "horrific accident" in Topshop have paid tribute to their son.

Kaden Reddick died after an incident in a Topshop store in Reading in which he suffered serious head injuries when a display barrier fell over.

He was taken to hospital following the accident at the Oracle shopping centre on Monday afternoon but died from his injuries.

The shop was closed on Tuesday as investigations continued. Police could be seen inside the shop and bunches of flowers were left against the closed shutters.

Kaden was a loving, cheeky, energetic boy whose death will leave a huge empty hole in the lives of everybody that knew him. Our house feels empty without him.

The family said in a statement on Wednesday: "Kaden loved family holidays, with swimming being his favourite pastime. He was always the first one in any pool or the sea. It didn't matter how cold it was, he would jump in, trying to get everyone to join him.

"Kaden was a very creative boy, who loved school. He was going to be helping with making the props for the next school play, and he had set up his bedroom as a classroom to play with his siblings, labelling his room Strawberry class. He was also adventurous; loving to play outside on his bike, or with his friends in the woods."

His parents, from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, changed their Facebook profile pictures to feature their son.

Father Ian Reddick posted: "Love you my little man, it's hurting so much."

Mother Lisa Cooper Mallet replied: "I feel you xxxxx."

The family statement continued: "For us the saddest part of Kaden's death is that he will never be able to fulfil his potential. He was looking forward to driving his older brothers moped, driving a car, becoming a teacher, or visiting impossibly distant countries to him such as China. It is so hard to comprehend he will never do these things.

"Kaden will be forever remembered by us; with him looking down from the stars, and us looking up and smiling at all of our loving memories of him. He was much loved by all of his family and friends, and will be hugely missed by his siblings, and everyone else who was touched by his warmth and love."

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One card left outside the shop, which was unsigned, read: "RIP little man."

Trish James said: "Love you guys, the worlds going to miss you wee man and the amazing things you would have achieved in it."

Thames Valley Police said on Tuesday that Kaden "suffered serious head injuries after an incident involving a store display barrier".

Detective superintendent Paul Hayles said: "We are supporting the boy's family to assist them at this very difficult time.

"We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this death. "A scene watch is in place at the Topshop store and is likely to be in place for some time.

"Detectives are now working with the local authority and the store owners to gather all of the information on how this incident happened."

Reading Borough Council said: "As the enforcing authority for health and safety within retail premises, we will be working closely with the police, who are at present leading on the investigation."

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