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Police name tractor death youngster

A schoolboy who died after a collision with a tractor at a visitor attraction farm has been named.

Harry Whitlam, 11, was killed following the incident at Swithens Farm in the Rothwell area of Leeds on Friday.

The tractor driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.

The farm is open to visitors, although a statement on its website said the collision occurred on the "working part of the farm".

According to the Yorkshire Post, Harry was working as a farm hand at the premises.

He was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary but died later following surgery.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "The tractor driver, a 48-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

"He has now been bailed pending continuing inquiries."

Officers were called at 9.20am by the ambulance service who were at the scene of the collision.

A statement released by the farm read: "There was a tragic accident on Friday 9 August and our thoughts are with Harry's family. We're still not sure of the full circumstances but the accident happened on the working part of the farm. The farm shop, cafe and petting farm are open to the general public and we are trying to run the business as normal."


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