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Tractor tragedy farm to stay open today

Swithens Farm in Rothwell, where an 11-year-old boy was fatally injured after being hit by a tractor, have said they will stay open and try to carry on "as normal". In a statement on their website, the farm owners said:

There was a tragic accident on Friday August 9 and our thoughts are with Harry's family. We're still not sure of the full circumstances but the accident happened on the working part of the farm. The farm shop, cafe and petting farm are open to the general public and we are trying to run the business as normal.

– Swithens Farm statement

The boy has been named as Harry Whitlam from the Wakefield area.

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Tractor tragedy boy named as Harry Whitlam

Harry Whitlam

Police have named the 11-year-old boy who died after being hit by a tractor at a farm in Rothwell as Harry Whitlam, from the Wakefield area.

The tractor driver a, 48-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

Detective Superintendent Scott Wood, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "We are continuing to investigate what has been a tragic incident with the Health and Safety Executive and are still appealing for witnesses to what occurred yesterday.

"Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101."

Tractor death boy hit "on working part of the farm"

The owners of Swithens Farm, at Rothwell, West Yorkshire say the 11-year-old boy who died after being struck by a tractor, was hit on a working part of the farm.

The farm is a popular visitor attraction with a farm shop, cafe and petting area. The farm's website today states that those attractions remain "open to the general public and we are trying to run the business as normal."

The statement describes what happened as "a tragic accident" and says thoughts are with the victim's family. Police have arrested and bailed a 48-year-old man on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail while enquiries continue.

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Boy thought to work at farm where he was hit by tractor

The 11-year-old, who has not yet been named, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary after being flown by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

It's thought he was working as a farm hand at Swithens Farm in Rothwell, where his mother is also believed to work.

He suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by the tractor’s trailer at 9.20am.

Man arrested over tractor death in West Yorkshire

Police have released the following statement following the death of an 11-year-old boy at a farm in Rothwell.

"An 11-year-old boy was in collision with a tractor at Swithens Farm, Rothwell. The boy died last night in hospital following surgery. A 48-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving. He has been bailed pending further inquiries."

Boy hit by tractor dies after emergency surgery

Swithens Farm this morning - where an 11-year-old boy was hit by a tractor

An 11-year-old boy has died after being hit by a tractor at a family farm in West Yorkshire.

The boy was hit yesterday morning at Swithens Farm in Rothwell and died after an emergency operation last night.

A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.