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Family of tragic 'freak accident' victim donate his organs

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

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.

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

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

Cousin posts emotional tribute on Facebook

The cousin of a 12-year-old boy from Bampton in Devon has paid an emotional tribute to him on Facebook.

Lee Croker says it 'was so sad to see him thee in the hospital, he was such a loving, kind and funny kid'.

Olly Croker's cousin posts emotional tribute on Facebook. Credit: Facebook

So yesterday was a tough day... My dear cousin Oliver was taken away from us at the age of 12 from a freak accident. Was so sad to see him there in the hospital he was such a loving, kind and funny kid always loving what he did and my thoughts go out to Pippa, Shaun, Billy, Jack , Liam and Tom. I will always be here for you all to support and love you! RIP cousin I will miss you greatly! ?

– Lee Croker


Tributes from football club after boy dies at match

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.

Boy dies following 'freak accident' at football match

12-year-old Oliver Croker died following a 'freak accident'

A 12-year-old boy from Bampton in Devon has died from head injuries following an accident at a football match on Saturday.

Oliver Croker died in Bristol Children's Hospital last night. He was injured when a post fell and hit him on the head.

Oliver was treated at the scene at Bradninch FC’s Kensham Park ground before being flown by air ambulance to hospitals in Exeter and then Bristol.

Devon and Cornwall Police can confirm that a 12-year-old boy who sustained serious head injuries whilst spectating at a football match at Bradninch Football club on Saturday 12th September has died overnight.

He was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital following the incident before being transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital where he later died.

Our sympathy and thoughts are with the family.

– Devon & Cornwall Police
His head teacher has described Oliver as a 'sparky lad'

Oliver was a pupil at Tiverton High School. Headmaster Andrew Lovett has paid tribute to him - describing him as a 'sparky lad' and a 'larger than life character'.

It is with great sadness that we hear of the death of Olly Croker in a freak accident at the weekend.

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.

– Andrew Lovett, Headmaster, Tiverton High School

WWI military hospital exhibition opens to the public in Devon

The exhibition has opened at a National Trust property in Devon. Credit: ITV West Country

A WWI military hospital exhibition has opened in Devon, which explores the history of caring for soldiers during the first world war.

One hundred years ago, Knightshayes Court in Tiverton served as a makeshift hospital for soldiers wounded on the front line.

The exhibition at the National Trust property is open to the public through the summer holidays and autumn.

Peta Richards from the National Trust spoke to us about some of the drawings on show:


Motorcyclist badly injured in crash at Tiverton

The A38 has been closed at Waterloo Cross and Maidenhead Cross Credit: PA

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a crash on the A38 near Tiverton in Devon.

The collision, involving a motorcycle, an HGV and a car, happened at 8.30am near Burlescombe.

The A38 has been closed at Waterloo Cross and Maidenhead Cross.

Diversions are in place and police are advising motorists to avoid the area for the time being.

Tiverton hit and run: police appeal for witnesses

Did you witness a hit and run on or near Barrington Street in Tiverton? Credit: ITV West Country

Police are appealing for witnesses following a hit and run in Devon.

A man in his late twenties was hit by a white ford transit van at 18:30 on Tuesday on or near Barrington Street in Tiverton. Police believe there was an altercation. Two men, aged 18 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm and remain in police custody.

Detectives are keen to hear from anybody who may have witnessed this incident, partially or fully. Officers are trying to piece together events and are appealing to anyone who was in Tiverton around the time of the incident to contact them if they believe they saw something that might help police with their enquiries.

Tiverton CID currently has six detectives working on this case and has been assisted greatly by their uniform colleagues.

– Devon & Cornwall Police
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