COPS are investigating the mystery death of a "kind and loving" teenage boy found dead at a rec in south-west London.

Alfie Lawton, 15, was found unconscious near railway lines at Green Lane Recreation Ground in New Malden.

Members of the public, police and paramedics rushed to help the schoolboy just before 7pm on Monday, February 8.

However, despite their efforts, Alfie died at the scene.

His death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem examination will be held.

Alfie’s parents, named locally as Joe and Sarah Lawton, are being supported by specially-trained police officers.

A friend said they are suffering “unimaginable pain”.

And an online appeal to pay funeral costs has so far raised £8,000 in 24 hours.

Organiser Terry Anderson wrote on the GoFundMe site: “Those of you who know Josh and Sarah Lawton will probably have heard their heart-breaking news that their 15-year-old boy suddenly passed away on Monday.

“For me, and for others I am sure, the news hit like a dump truck.


"Old friends of mine suffering an unimaginable pain.

“Alfie was kind, loving and full of life. His only downfall was that he hogged the bathroom too much.”

Nan Debra O’Dowd commented: “We’ve never felt so much pain.

"Life will never be the same without you Alfie, but you’ll always be forever in our thoughts.

"We love you so much and will miss you. Love from Nan and Steve.”

One family friend said: “He really was the most amazing boy ever. You should be so proud of how you raised him.”

Another posted: "Alfie was such a great kid.

"I am totally devastated that he has been taken away at such a young age and my heart goes out to his family. RIP Alfie boy."

Officers from the Met Police's South West Local Investigations Team have called for anyone who was in or near the rec on the evening of Alfie's death, or those who spoke to him in the days before he died, to get in touch.

Anyone with information that could help should call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting ref CAD 5562/08FEB21

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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