Live updates

'We are relieved that justice has been done' say family

Cameron Trivett has been sentenced to four years in jail after killing a ten year-old boy when he was drink driving Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The family of 10 year-old Samuel Crocker say they are relieved that justice has been done.

It follows the sentencing of Cameron Trivett, who will now spend four years in jail after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

As a family we are relieved that justice has been done and it means we now have closure of this part of the horrendous situation. Although the length of sentence makes no difference to us and will not bring Samuel back, at least it may prevent another family going through what we have.

The events of that day have affected the lives of so many and we are grateful to everyone who has given us help and support over the last five months and those who continue to do so.

We now begin the task of picking up the pieces of our shattered lives without him.

– Family statement

Drunken driver jailed for killing 10-year-old boy

Samuel Crocker died after being knocked down by a van in Crediton Credit: School photo

A drunken van driver who killed a 10-year-old boy in a hit and run in Devon has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Samuel Crocker was knocked down by a van in Crediton on 28 February 2015.

Cameron Trivett, who is from Crediton, had earlier admitted causing Samuel's death while under the influence of drink and drugs, failing to stop at an accident and driving without insurance.

Advertisement

Protesters gather in vain save Community Hospitals

Protesters gathered outside a meeting of Devon health bosses this afternoon, in a final attempt to persuade health bosses to save community hospital beds.

But their calls were heard in vain as Devon Clinical Commissioning Group agreed to reduce the number of community hospital inpatient units from 10 to seven.

Community hospitals at Axminster, Crediton and Ottery St Mary will no longer have overnight inpatient beds, although Ottery St Mary Hospital will have 15 overnight stroke rehabilitation beds.

The move was made in an attempt to secure nursing care close to people’s homes and the Group says it will be a platform for further review and reform of community services, aiming to treat more people in their own home where it is safe and appropriate to do so.

The decision also means none of the community hospitals will close. Health and social care hubs with a range of outpatient services, day surgery and other health and social care services will be developed at hospitals without inpatient beds.

Protester Claire Wright has this to say:

The decision was taken at NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (NEW Devon CCG) Governing Body meeting today.

Nine year old boy in a 'serious condition' after being hit by a car in Crediton

East street in Crediton was closed for several hours yesterday while police carried out investigations Credit: ITV West Country

A nine year old boy has been airlifted to hospital after being hit by a car while he was crossing the road in Devon.

East Street in Crediton was closed for several hours following the incident at around 4 o clock yesterday afternoon. The boy was air lifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. He is in a stable condition and his injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening.

'Our lives has been turned upside down', say family

10 year-old Samuel Crocker, was hit by a van on Saturday afternoon and later died of his injuries.

Cameron Trivett, from Crediton, has been charged with causing death by careless driving.

The family have issued the following tribute, saying their lives has been turned upside down:

On Saturday afternoon our life was turned upside down when our darling Samuel was knocked down while on his way to visit his friend. Later that night the bright light that was Samuel was extinguished. We all miss our little 'mole' so much and can't begin to imagine how we move on from the devastating situation we are in now.

Someone so small has left a massive hole that can never be filled, but he will always be remembered for his cheeky, fun-loving nature and we are grateful to have had him in our lives, albeit for such a short time."

– Samuel's family

Advertisement

Tributes left and a vigil held for boy from Crediton

10 year-old Samuel Crocker Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A man has appeared in court accused of careless driving following the death of a ten-year-old boy from Devon. Samuel Crocker was knocked down on a road known as Threshers in Crediton on Saturday afternoon.

It's just a short distance from his school Landscore Primary and many pupils would have passed the flowers on their way to class this morning.

Samuel was knocked down close to his school in Crediton Credit: ITV News

He was a really, really lovely boy, he was really blooming in Year 6 he was doing really well in his studies he was making really good progress.

– Gary Read, Headteacher

Staff at Landscore Primary are being open and honest with the children about what's happened to their friend and have given the children the chance to air their own grief on a message board and memorial tree. One friend wrote how Sam was the kindest person they'd ever met, how he would help everyone and how he made them laugh. The pupils are also being offered counselling should they need it.

A book of condolence has been opened at the school and at the town's parish church.

Pupils have signed a book of condolence Credit: ITV News

A vigil has been held at Holy Cross Church for the community to remember Samuel and light a candle for him.

We can help them by talking, just having someone come and listen then we would love to do that.

– James Gregory, Pastor, Crediton Congregational

Cameron Trivett a 24 year old man from Crediton, has been charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving and driving a vehicle that failed to stop after a road traffic collision.

Driver charged after 10 year-old boy dies in collision with van

10 year-old Samuel Crocker Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A driver has been charged with causing death by careless driving after a 10 year-old boy was killed on Saturday afternoon

Samuel Crocker was taken to the Royal Exeter Hospital after being hit by a van. He later died of his injuries.

Cameron Trivett has been detained by police and will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Monday 2nd March.

10 year-old dies after collision in Crediton

Tributes have been left for the boy Credit: ITV News

A 10 year old boy from Devon has died after a road traffic collision. The school boy collided with a van at Threshers Crediton yesterday lunchtime. Police say he died from his injuries.

A 24 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Tributes have been left at the scene including one from a school friend saying "We will miss you at school".

Credit: ITV News
Load more updates