Air crash orphan ‘nice little boy’


Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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A six-year-old fighting for his life after he was pulled from the wreckage of a plane crash which killed his parents has been described as a “nice little boy”.

George Tonkinson is being treated for the injuries he suffered when the light aircraft he was travelling in came down in woodland near Popham Airfield, Hampshire.

Lewis Tonkinson, 50, and Sally Tonkinson, 44, from Alcester in Warwickshire, were travelling from the Isle of Wight.

The family’s large gated home, which includes 30 acres of woodland near a river by the rural village of Cookhill, Worcestershire, was quiet today.

Three cars were parked on the drive, including a Mercedes 4×4, which neighbours said Mrs Tonkinson often drove.

On the front lawn, visible from the road, lay two footballs, a set of junior goal nets and a child’s wheelbarrow.

Many of the blinds were drawn and Christmas lights were off.

A female neighbour, who declined to be named, described the Tonkinsons as “a lovely couple” and their son as “a nice little boy”.

On hearing the news of the deaths, she said it was an “unbelievable tragedy”.

The neighbour said she often spoke to Mrs Tonkinson, who would be out walking her black labrador, adding that she also had an older daughter who did not live at the house.

She said she had known Mrs Tonkinson for several years as they got their hair and nails done at the same place, and said the couple had been going to the United States just before Christmas.

“She was going to America, she’d never been there before. She was very much in love,” she said.

“She used to live in Solihull before moving here.

“She was a pretty girl, very vivacious, and had her hair and nails done regularly – she was very glamorous.

“She was just pleasant, happy, pretty, slim, tall, blonde hair, nice figure, lovely girl. Her little boy was pretty as well.”

The neighbour added that the couple spent “a fortune” making the property and grounds “drop-dead gorgeous” since moving in a few years ago.

“She had everything to live for, this girl,” she said.

The neighbour’s husband said Mr Tonkinson could sometimes be spotted in the skies around their country home in a bright orange flying machine, which he described as similar to a powered paraglider.

Published: Monday 5th January 2015 by The News Editor

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