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School pays tribute after Northern Ireland child killed in Tenerife

The school of Newtownabbey child Carter Carson has paid tribute to the "quiet, hardworking boy".

The 10-year-old was killed after being struck by a car while leaving a shopping centre with his family in Adeje in the south of the island on Thursday, and died in hospital on Friday.

Spanish police earlier wrote on social media it was looking for the driver of a red car spotted near the scene.

This morning police said they had arrested two people in connection with the incident and expressed their sympathy to the family.

A statement posted to the school's Facebook page reads: "The whole school community of Abbots Cross Primary School is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of one of our pupils, Carter Carson.

"Carter was a quiet, hardworking boy with lovely manners and a gentle, caring nature. He loved a game of football and was an enthusiastic member of our school running club and our football club. He was recently awarded Star Pupil of the Month and no one had a bigger smile than Carter when he received his Star Pupil Award.

"The relevant agencies are working with the school to ensure that appropriate support is put in place for our pupils, parents and teachers as we try to deal with losing Carter in these tragic circumstances.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Carter's immediate and wider family circle and we, as a primary school family, will do all we can to support them and Carter's many friends in school in the weeks and months ahead."

The school said it would be opening later this week for parents and pupils to sign a book of memories for Carter.

Newtownabbey Youth Football Club, where Carter had played football, posted a message on its Facebook page reading: "It is with deepest condolences and heavy heart's we as a club are saddened to hear to of the tragic passing of young Carter Carson this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends at the club."

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed it was providing assistance to the family following the "tragic death".

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