Baby killed by lamppost named

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A baby who died after he was hit by a falling lamppost was today named by family as Tommy Hollis who would have celebrated his first birthday today.

Tommy died yesterday, two days after the incident in Chiswick, west London.

In a statement, his parents said: "It is with very sad hearts that we confirm the tragic death of Tommy Hollis who would have celebrated his first birthday today.

"The family is utterly devastated by the loss and thanks the community and friends for their love and prayers and request that their privacy is respected and upheld."

A 62-year-old woman, who police said was not related to Tommy and was not pushing his pram when the lamppost fell, suffered a back injury in the same incident but was discharged from hospital on Wednesday.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the baby was with a carer, who was not injured.

The incident, at the junction of Heathfield Terrace and Sutton Court Road, is being investigated by officers from Hounslow CID and the Specialist Crime Directorate jointly with the Health and Safety Executive.

Hounslow Council opened a book of condolences at Chiswick Town Hall, which is close to the scene of the incident, after Tommy's death.

Floral tributes were left at the scene and the flag at the Civic Centre in Lampton Road, Hounslow, was also flown at half-mast yesterday.

A Hounslow Council spokeswoman said work was being carried out in the area as part of the Turnham Green traffic and transport improvement scheme, which was designed to provide faster journeys for bus passengers, but no contractors were on site at the time.