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Boy dies in freak accident while watching football match

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a goalpost in a freak accident while watching a village football game.

Oliver Croker was struck in the head by the post, which is thought to have been uprooted when two players collided with it.

His family today paid tribute to their "beautiful, gorgeous boy."

ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports:

Pictures released of tragic boy, 12, killed by 'freak accident'

Pictures have been released showing a "knowledgeable, sparky and multi-talented" schoolboy who died after a freak accident on a football pitch.

Oliver Croker in a school picture taken last year Credit: Tiverton High School

Tiverton High School posted the images of Oliver Croker, from Bampton in Devon, along with a tribute describing him as "the life and soul of the party".

Read: School pays tribute to boy killed in 'freak accident'

The young rugby player died in hospital from severe injuries suffered when a piece of metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.

Oliver Croker during an outdoor education session Credit: Tiverton High School


Family of tragic 'freak accident' victim donate his organs

The mother of a 12-year-old boy killed by a freak accident during a football match has revealed the family donated his organs to transplant patients.

Oliver Croker died after suffering severe head injuries when part of a metal fence at the side of the pitch in Kensham Park in Bradninch, near Exeter, hit him during the game.

In a post on Facebook, his mother Pippa said she felt "so proud" that Oliver could help save the lives of others.

We would very much like you all to feel so proud of Oliver this evening. Through organ donation he has given life to five other children.

He will live on in them. What very lucky boys and girls they are!!! Love you our beautiful gorgeous boy!! X

– Pippa Croker, via Facebook

Tributes to boy killed by 'freak accident' at football match

Tributes have poured in to a 12-year-old boy killed by a 'freak accident' at a football match via a Facebook page set up in his honour.

Oliver Croker, from Bampton in Devon, was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park, near Exeter, when part of the metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.

Kensham Park, where the tragic accident happened Credit: Google Maps

Ellie Brant described him as a "gorgeous little bundle of joy", while Samantha Masters said he was a "lovely, friendly, polite, cheeky lovable boy".

And on his own Facebook page, his older brother Tom described saying goodbye to Oliver as "the hardest day of my life".

Dozens of other messages have poured in.

Oliver you will be missed by everyone, family, friends, you were well loved by all and today at school it just wasn't the same. I hope they are looking after you well up there because you deserve only the best. Best wishes to his family and I'm so sorry for your loss, Oliver was such a good person who didn't deserve to die.

– Holly Johnson

I'll miss seeing you on my dog walks, always a mischievous glint in your eye and a cheeky grin as you'd dash over to stroke the dogs.

– Lucy Henshaw

He always had a smile on his face, always polite, and a pleasure to know.

When mum and dad used to live opposite he would often pop over when my dad was working in the garage to see what he was up to.

Bampton has lost a fantastic young boy.

– Kirsty Bond

Football club sends condolences after boy, 12, dies

A football club has sent its condolences to the family of a 12-year-old boy who died after being hit in the head in a 'freak accident' pitch-side.

The 'freak accident' happened at Kensham Park, near Exeter Credit: Google Maps

Oliver 'Olly' Croker was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park near Exeter when part of the metal fencing reportedly became lodged in his head.

School pays tribute to boy killed in 'freak accident'

Teachers have paid tribute to a 12-year-old boy killed in a freak accident while he watched football.

Oliver Croker - known as Olly - was hit in the head while watching a match in Bradninch, near Exeter.

Staff at Tiverton High School have paid tribute Credit: Google Maps

Staff at Tiverton High School in Devon today described him as a "very knowledgable and sparky lad", and a keen rugby plater with "high hopes" for his future.

In describing Olly, the first words that come to mind are that he was the life and soul of the party; a larger than life character, brimming with confidence, with an eagerness and enthusiasm for taking part in all aspects of school life.

His youthful vibrancy and curiosity about life shaped his whole character.

He was a very knowledgeable and sparky lad with his finger on the pulse of what was going on at school, in the local community and beyond.

He was multi-talented and we had high hopes for his future. Olly was a keen sportsman and represented THS at rugby and even played up an age group.

Our thoughts and wishes are with Olly’s parents and brothers.

– Tiverton High School

A support team of counsellors had been made available to help anyone who needed support in the coming days, the school added.


Boy, 12, dies after being hit by goalpost in freak accident

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by a metal pole in a freak accident while watching a football game, police have said.

Oliver Croker, of Bampton in Devon, was watching a match at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park near Exeter with his family at the weekend when the accident happened.

Reports suggest two players had crashed into a sideline banner, and a hoop used as part of the fencing became lodged in the young boy's head.

He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, but Devon and Cornwall Police today confirmed he had died from his injuries.

Pavey: Kids care more about sports day than gold medal

Record-breaking runner Jo Pavey's young children are more concerned about whether she can beat the other mums at their school sports day, her husband has joked.

Her son Jacob is four, while Emily is just 11 months old - and despite wowing fans by becoming the oldest ever female European champion, the youngsters are barely interested.

Her husband and coach Gavin told ITV News that Emily claps along with the crowd and Jacob cheers - but said he is more concerned that his champion mother comes in first in the annual school 'mums race'.

Family's shock and pride at Pavey's record-breaking win

The husband and coach of four-time Olympian champion Jo Pavey has spoken of his shock and pride after she became the oldest ever female European champion.

Runner Jo claimed gold in the women's 10,000 metres at the opening night of the European Championships in Zurich yesterday.

Her husband Gavin told ITV News that they had expected the Exeter mother-of-two to medal as she had been doing well in training - but said it still came as a "massive shock" when she crossed the finish line in first place.

It came just 10 days after she won bronze in the 5,000m at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Man jailed for cathedral rampage

A man who climbed on top of a cathedral altar after pulling down his trousers and then punched a 70-year-old woman in the face has been jailed.

Nicholas Courtney, 35, claims he walked into Exeter Cathedral to pray before being overcome by the urge to "give everything to God".

He placed £20 in a donation box before removing his trousers - exposing his buttocks to worshippers and visitors.

Courtney then ran to the cathedral's high altar and jumped on top, before leaping off, breaking a crucifix and fleeing the building.

Nicholas Courtney said he felt a sudden urge to "give everything to God". Credit: PA Wire

He smacked an outraged onlooker after she began reprimanding him, then targeted a 70-year-old woman who was posing for a picture with her young grandchildren ahead of her fourth course of chemotherapy.

Courtney punched her in the right eye, causing the grandmother to fall to the ground and break her wrist.

Stunned members of the public outside the cathedral were able to pin Courtney down and restrain him until police arrived.

Tattooed Courtney pleaded guilty to criminal damage and inflicting grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for a total of 26 months at Exeter Crown Court.

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