Humberside

Ben Madden dies after Elloughton Dale deer cycle crash

A 15-year-old boy has died after he collided with a deer while cycling with friends in East Yorkshire.

Ben Madden was riding along a country lane at Elloughton Dale a week ago when the deer ran out in front of him.

It is thought to have clipped the teenager's wheel, causing him to crash. His friends and a passing motorist tried to help and called paramedics.

The boy, from Brough, suffered head injuries and was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary, where he died on Sunday.

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: "We are putting a file together for the coroner and an inquest will open in due course."

'Tragic loss'

A spokesman at South Hunsley School, where the teenager was a pupil, said: "We are deeply shocked and upset by the news of Ben Madden's sudden death.

"We are conscious of the effect this will have on many of our youngsters but, in particular, Ben's closest friends, classmates and form group.

"This tragic loss occurring during the summer break means that the normal school routine, which would allow for the daily meetings with friends, cannot take place."

The school has opened a book of condolence for students and parents to sign between 09:00 BST and 12:00 every morning throughout the school holidays.

Friends have set up a page on Facebook as a tribute. It has already attracted scores of posts.

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