Tragic death of “charming” boy

Ollie Lane who tragically died at the weekend
Ollie Lane who tragically died at the weekend

THE 17-month old son of a Stranraer Academy teacher who tragically died at the weekend “charmed people with his antics”, said his family this week.

Oliver (Ollie) Maxwell Thomas Lane, who lived at The Barracks, Auchenmalg with his Australian ex-pat parents Michael, a history teacher at the school, and Maria Salzmann-Lane, a chef and apprentice assessor at Dumfries and Galloway College, and 4-year old sister Georgina, lost his life on Saturday. It is believed he choked on food.

A family statement this week said that Oliver had a very happy and outgoing personality, was always seeking out company and charming people with his antics, giggles and smiles.

It continued: “He was a real little boy, with a fascination for rockets, actions figures, cars and tractors, and the outdoors. All who have come into contact with Ollie saw a very special little person. The entire community is galvanised in their grief at the loss of Oliver, and have rallied in support of the family. Michael and Maria are very grateful for all the love and best wishes they have recieved.”

Police have confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal as a matter of course.