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Crediton crash: Man arrested after boy, 10, is killed

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Image caption A man has been arrested following the death of a 10-year-old boy hit by a van on Threshers in Crediton

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a 10-year-old boy was knocked down.

Samuel Crocker, from Crediton, Devon died after he was hit by a white van on a road known as Threshers in the town.

Emergency services were called at about 13:30 GMT on Saturday.

Police said Samuel - described as "generous and kind" - was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital but later died from his injuries.

Gary Read, head teacher at Landscore Primary School where Samuel was a pupil, described him as "a truly decent young boy".

In a letter to parents, posted on the school's website, Mr Read said: "The impact of this awful news will be felt across the town and acutely in our school, particularly by Samuel's friends and those who have taught him.

"Tomorrow will be the hardest of days but I am writing to you to let you know we are ready to support children, staff and parents."

Police are appealing for any witnesses to get in touch on 101.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident, according to police.

The road remained closed throughout Saturday afternoon as officers from the serious collision unit investigated the scene.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested and has been detained at Exeter police station.

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