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Boy, 12, dies after freak accident while watching football

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

Oliver Croker was watching a match in at Bradninch Football Club in Kensham Park near Exeter at the weekend when the accident happened.

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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

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