Investigation into death of teenager in Horbury who was in care of Leeds City Council

8th June 2012. Collect of Lee Robertshaw.
8th June 2012. Collect of Lee Robertshaw.
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THE family of a teenager who was found dead while in care are demanding answers.

Student Lee Robertshaw was found hanged at a house in Dudfleet Lane, Horbury.

8th June 2012. Lee Robertshaw's mother Shelly Grigg (right) and grandmother Carol Grigg.

8th June 2012. Lee Robertshaw's mother Shelly Grigg (right) and grandmother Carol Grigg.

He had previously lived with his mum in Leeds, but had been placed in care.

But he still visited his family in Seacroft regularly.

His grandmother Carole Grigg, 55, said they were not informed about his death straight away.

Mrs Grigg said: “Everyone’s in uproar to be honest.

“No-one’s telling us anything, we’re having to piece things together. We want to know how it could have happened.”

She said Lee had not displayed any signs of depression before his body was discovered.

Coroner David Hinchliff opened an inquest into his death on Monday.

He said Lee had been receiving 24-hour one-to-one counselling before he died.

A carer had heard him crying in his room at around five past midnight on Friday, June 1, and asked him if he was all right and Lee replied that he was, the hearing was told.

But a few hours later he was found dead.

The inquest was adjourned pending further enquiries.

This week the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board began an investigation to find out if Lee’s death could have been prevented.

Jane Held, the independent chairwoman of the board, said: “We’re deeply saddened to hear about Lee’s death and extend our heart-felt sympathies to his family.

“We will be looking closely at the circumstances in liaison with the city council to find out what happened but unfortunately we’re unable to comment further until after the inquest has taken place.”

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

More than 240 people have joined a group call R.I.P. Lee Robershaw on Facebook.