Boy crushed to death by wooden pole

Police signs in Kelloholm

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Police were called to the incident shortly before 17:00 on Sunday

A 12-year-old boy was crushed to death by a heavy wooden pole as he played with friends in a Dumfries and Galloway village.

The boy died at the scene in Kelloholm, police said.

Emergency services were called to open ground near to the medical centre on Corserig Crescent on Sunday afternoon.

A Police Scotland spokesman said they found the child trapped under the pole but despite efforts to free him, he could not be saved.

Insp Rory Caldow told BBC Scotland that initial indications suggest the boy had been playing with friends when the accident happened.

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Firefighters and paramedics were also called to the accident after the alarm was raised

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Insp Rory Caldow said the accident was a “real tragedy”

He said the incident would have a big impact on the community.

“You can appreciate this has really been a tragedy,” he added.

“The kids raised the alarm at a nearby neighbours and they were really, really upset by what had happened.

“It’s devastating to the family and to the community as a whole.

“The kids are off the school at the moment and I’m sure the victim will be well known to everyone in this small community town of Kelloholm.”

He added that an investigation into the incident is continuing.

Officers described the object as “similar to a telegraph pole”.

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