Boy died after being hit on the head by a hockey stick, inquest hears

Schoolboy, 14, died after being hit on the head by a hockey stick at practice with no coaches present and pitch lights switched off, inquest hears

  • Luke Hobson was hitting balls at Blueharts Hockey Club in Hitchin, Hertfordshire
  • But the lights were off and no coaches were there to monitor them, court heard
  • Luke’s parents Helen Moss and Peter Hobson blasted the police and the council
  • They said the investigations into their son’s death had left them ‘disappointed’

A schoolboy died after being hit on the head with a hockey stick before a training session, an inquest has heard.

Luke Hobson, 14, had been practising hitting balls with 20 others at Blueharts Hockey Club in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on March 28 last year.

But the field’s lights were off and no coaches were there to monitor the boys, Hertfordshire Coroner’s Court was told.

Luke’s parents Helen Moss and Peter Hobson blasted police and the council for their ‘disappointing level of analysis, accuracy and conclusions’.

Luke Hobson (pictured), 14, had been practising hitting balls with 20 others at Blueharts Hockey Club in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on March 28 last year

They said the investigations into their son’s death had left them ‘disappointed and angry’.

The court heard police could not figure out how Luke was injured until another boy came forward.

The child said in a statement, seen by the BBC, he had been ‘trying to hit the ball up into the air’ when he struck the victim.

He continued: ‘I didn’t know Luke was behind me. I ran to get first aid…I didn’t mean to hit anybody. It was an accident and I am very sorry it happened.’

Luke’s (pictured) parents Helen Moss and Peter Hobson blasted police and the council for their ‘disappointing level of analysis, accuracy and conclusions’

The boy said he had not said anything straight away because he had ‘only later been able to fully remember details’.

An air ambulance rushed Luke to hospital following the incident, but his injuries were ‘unsurvivable’, the court heard.

Dr Curtis Offiah said there were signs of a ‘blunt force traumatic impact’, a ‘skull base fracture’ towards the brain stem and blood in the skull.

Mr Hobson told the court the pain of the loss ‘does not fade’, adding: ‘How can it be possible to have dropped him off for training as usual and three hours later for him to be dead?

‘The vacuum he has left behind is as empty as ever…without Luke it is hard to find meaning in anything.’

The court was told locks have since been installed on the club’s gates and people are banned from playing before authorised sessions.

The inquest continues.

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