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Emotional family tributes paid to four-year-old killed in telehandler incident

The boy is the second child to be killed this week in farm-related incidents.

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Four-year-old boy crushed to death after falling from telehandler

A four-year-old boy has died after suffering a serious head injury following a collision in a small telehandler-type vehicle.

 

Police were called at around 11.15am on Monday (July 8) following a report that a four-year-old boy had been seriously injured following a collision at an address in Well Head Road, Newchurch-in-Pendle.

 

He can now be named as four-year-old Harry Lee who lived at the farm.

 

Harry’s family said: "Harry was four years old and the light of our lives. He is a much loved son, grandson, brother, cousin and uncle in his large extended family.

 

“He never failed to make friends and melt hearts wherever he went, with his cheeky smile and his laughter.

 

“Harry was born and brought up on a farm and loved the outdoor lifestyle. His passion was tractors and animals. He could name every brand and type of tractor in the area by sight and loved to feed and look after the animals.

 

“Harry has attended the same nursery for 3 years and he loved his teachers and his friends. Harry’s teacher admitted that everything she knows about farming and tractors had come from him and that even she could identify the different tractors and the trailers by sight.

 

“Harry loved listening to music, and insisted on being in charge of the play list whenever he went out in the car.

 

“Most of all Harry was our angel and although it is the most difficult time of our lives, trying to come to terms with his loss, he will always be with us and we will think of him every day for the rest of our lives."


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A Health and Safety Executive initial notification said the boy was crushed by the vehicle’s wheels.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Sergeant Michael Belfield of Lancashire Police said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Harry and his family at this very difficult time.

 

“We believe that Harry fell from the vehicle and was then involved in a collision. Sadly he suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

 

“His death is being treated as accidental and a file will be passed to the coroner.”

The incident happened on the same day as Ben Goldsmith’s teenage daughter was killed on the Somerset family farm.

 

Iris, 15, was thought to have become trapped on a quad bike-type vehicle when it overturned.

 

Farmers are reminded of the advice around child safety on farm, that children under the age of 13 are ‘specifically prohibited from driving or riding on any agricultural machine’.

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