Heartbreaking tributes to ‘lovely’ Jack, 17, as police try to piece together final movements before he drowned in Longton Park


Tributes have been paid to a ‘lovely’ teenager who drowned in a Stoke-on-Trent park as police continue their investigation.

Jack Crooke was pulled from the lake at Longton Park after a dog walker spotted a body floating in the water.

Detectives are continuing to  piece together the 17-year-old’s final movements in the lead up the tragedy with door-to-door inquiries and CCTV checks being carried out.

And his loved-ones will be releasing balloons in memory of Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy student Jack as a vigil is held in the bandstand this evening (December 30).

One of his closest friends Jake Mullholland wrote on StokeonTrentLive’s Facebook page: “Jack, I know your reading this from above. I hope you’re resting in peace.

“I love you so much man, you were such a kind lovely lad. You always were there for others no matter what you were going through.

“You’re my angel in the sky. Rest in peace, brother.”

Jack Crooke was found dead in Longton Park.

Courtney Joyce will also be attending the vigil.

She said: “Fly high Jack, you were such a lovely lad. We will be sending a few balloons off for him.”

Paige Titterton added: “Rest in peace, Jack! Fly high with all the other beautiful angels!

“The most loveliest lad you would ever meet. It’s absolutely heart-breaking for everyone who knew him and I send my love to all his family .”

Jessica Roberts said: “Will miss you dearly bro, love and miss you. Always the good souls taken too soon.”

And Lesa Gratton added: “Heartbreaking, such a lovely family. Jack, you were and always will be a lovely lad with a cheeky smile. RIP sweetheart.”

Emergency services were called to the Trentham Road park shortly after 8am on Sunday (December 27).

Jack was pronounced dead at the scene as paramedics were unable to do anything to save his life.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Jack around the Carlisle Street and Queens Park Road areas of Longton between 10.15pm midnight on Boxing Day.

Detective Inspector Lucy Maskew, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This is a tragic incident and we continue to work to understand the circumstances around his death, speaking with people in the area and assessing local CCTV.

“Jack is described as white, 6ft tall, slim with medium length, dark hair. He was wearing a black trench coat, skinny black jeans and tan boots on the night.

“Anyone who saw him or anything else they may feel be of relevance in the area of Carlisle Street and Queens Park Road between 10.15pm and midnight on Saturday December 26 is asked to get in touch.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called by the police at 8.19am on Sunday to reports of a drowning in Longton Park, Trentham Road.

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“An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene along with fire and police colleagues.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save the patient, a male, and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

Anyone with information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 133 of December 27, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.





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