Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Boy, 12, killed by goalposts named

A 12-year-old boy died after being crushed by goalposts at a recreation ground in Powys

Police have named a 12-year-old boy who died after being crushed by falling goalposts while playing football.

Casey Breese was killed on Friday at a recreation ground in Caersws, near Newtown, in Powys, Wales.

A police spokesman said: "It is understood a group of local boys were playing football on the recreation area when the goalposts fell to the ground. Sadly a local boy died from the injuries he sustained.

"The victim was treated at the scene by Powys ambulance staff and he was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival."

Detectives have removed the goalposts and spoken to children and adults who were in the area at around 2.50pm when the accident took place.

The spokesman added: "The children present have been affected by the incident and a specially trained officer will be speaking with their families, and if necessary support will be put in place."

Detective Inspector Ian Andrews said police are working with the environmental health department at Powys County Council. "Our condolences go to the family who have suffered this terrible loss and we would ask that the media respect their privacy," he said.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, and the coroner has been informed. Police are appealing for witnesses to call the non-emergency number 101 with any information.

More than 1,100 people joined a Facebook page dedicated to Casey. One user, Laura Oakley, wrote: "Rest in peace Casey, will never forget seeing your cheeky little smile round caersws will be missed by alot of people". Emma Cartywright commented that he was "such a gd person to hav a laugh wiv, a ledgend ,u neva deserved this", and Stephanie Lockwood paid tribute to his "cheeky little character".

As a mark of respect Caersws Football Club cancelled their pre-season friendly against Carmarthen Town, which was due to take place on Saturday.