Boy killed in tractor crash

An 11-year-old boy has died after he was hit by a tractor at a farm and visitor centre near Leeds. The tractor's driver, a 48-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and released on bail.

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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."

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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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Boy dies after being hit by tractor at Yorkshire farm

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

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

The incident took place at Swithens Farm in Rothwell, near Leeds.
The incident took place at Swithens Farm in Rothwell, near Leeds. Credit: Swithens Farm

The incident took place at the Swithens Farm visitor attraction near Leeds yesterday.

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