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Little Isobel Anderson (10) dies after collapsing at Northern Ireland primary school

Tributes have been paid following the sudden death of a 10-year-old Co Down schoolgirl.

Dromore Central Primary pupil Isobel Anderson collapsed at the school on Tuesday afternoon.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service responded to a call at the school at 1.41pm on Tuesday.

She was treated at the scene before being rushed to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

School principal Linda Allen expressed her sympathy to the family, she told the Dromore Leader newspaper: “The whole school community of Dromore Central PS has experienced profound sadness at the sudden death of Isobel Anderson.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Isobel’s mum and dad, her three sisters who are also pupils at Dromore Central, and the extended family circle. Isobel’s wide circle of friends and classmates are heartbroken by her untimely loss and are being supported at this time by staff and relevant professionals.”

MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson offered his condolences.

"The is a devastating news for the staff and the pupils at the school. It is a very close knit school community and I know they will rally around and support the Anderson family at this time," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in the coming days."

In a tribute on its Facebook page, the parent teacher association of St Mary's in Banbridge wrote: "On behalf of everyone here at St Mary's PTA Banbridge we would like to send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the whole community of Dromore Central Primary School.

"In particular to the parents, sisters, family and friends of young Isobel Anderson following the news of her untimely passing."

A tribute was also made by the parent, teacher and friends association of Lisburn's St Aloysius Primary school, who wrote: "We would like to express our condolences to all the children and staff of Dromore Central Primary School.

"We will be particularly praying for the family and friends of Isobel Anderson following the news of her untimely passing.

"God Bless you all in these tragic times."

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