A TEENAGE boy who was found dead in Andover last week was staying at a respite home for children, it has been confirmed. 

As previously reported, police were called at 9.24am on Friday, September 1, after the body of a 17-year-old boy was found at an address in Blendon Drive, Andover. 

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Purple Oak Support, which is an independent, not-for-profit, community-minded charity, has now confirmed that it was a young person staying at its Rainbow Corner for respite who was sadly discovered unresponsive.

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A Purple Oak Support spokesperson said: “Emergency services were called and they declared that he had sadly passed away. Our thoughts and condolences at this time are with the family and friends of the individual concerned.

“Due to the young man’s age, it is now subject to external investigations which we are helping with. Purple Oak Support reported the incident to our regularity body, Ofsted, and also to the local authority in line with the Children’s Home Regulations.

“In the meantime, we are sure you will appreciate, it would be wrong of us to make any comment of any kind until such time as these investigations are concluded.”

The charity supports and advocates for adults and children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health support needs.