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Tributes paid to farm death boy

A 10-year-old boy who died in a farming accident "spread joy everywhere" he went, a church minister has said.

Aaron Macaulay fell from farm machinery in rural Co Down on Tuesday and was airlifted to hospital but could not be saved.

It was the third tragedy to hit Northern Ireland's farming community in a week and sparked calls for further safety precautions.

The Rev Michael Davidson, minister at Drumgooland Presbyterian Church, said Aaron's family was heartbroken and devastated.

"Aaron was a very precious little boy, not just to his mum and dad and grandparents and brothers and sisters, but also to our church family and the wider community," he said.

"He was full of fun, he was full of life, a boy who enjoyed life to the full, a boy who just spread joy everywhere and was guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and to raise a laugh with the things that he would do."

Health and safety inspectors are investigating the death in Ballyward, close to Castlewellan.

Aaron came from a well-respected family active within the local church and members of the community have been left distressed, friends and well-wishers said.

He has two older sisters, Helen and Hazel, and two older brothers, Matthew and Jack.

His parents, Maurice and Wendy Macaulay, are well-known locally as farmers and members of the church.

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