An 11-year-old boy has died after what is believed to have been a quad bike accident on a farm.
The boy was pronounced dead by ambulance staff after being fatally injured in the accident at a farm on the outskirts of the village of Lamerton, near Tavistock in west Devon, on Wednesday.
The boy, named locally as Kieran Horn, was a pupil at the small village school. It is understood that other children at the school were told of his death.
Headteacher Ann Mitchell said: “The whole school is extremely shocked to hear of the
tragic death of Kieran.
“Kieran was a lovely boy who took part in a full range of school activities. He had many friends and was a well-liked member of our school community.
“He was a keen sportsman and represented the school in several sporting events.
“He will be greatly missed by everyone at Lamerton CE Primary School, and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”
His parents, who own Coombe Fisheries in Yelverton, Devon, were yesterday too distraught to speak of the tragedy.
However this morning they have released a statement: "We are devastated by the death of our precious son Kieran. Kieran was a popular boy who loved life to the full.
"He loved to be outdoors and was very involved in the local community in particularly the Spooners and West Dartmoor pony club.
"He will be dearly missed by his family and the community."
The accident occurred at about 5.40pm on Wednesday. The boy was seriously injured in the crash and died at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “Officers attended a farm near the town
around 6.15pm on March 16 after being notified by the ambulance service, which was treating a boy seriously injured after what appears to be a quad bike incident.”
Another police spokesman added: “It seems this was a tragic accident which happened on private land and no-one else appears to be involved at this stage.”
A spokesman for the South West Ambulance Service Trust confirmed it sent two ambulances to the farm after being called at 5.45pm.
“We attended after reports a boy was injured in a quad bike accident,” he added.
There was no confirmation of whether or not the boy had been wearing a crash helmet at the time of the crash.