Somerset

Somerset boy Alfie Jones hit by school bus dies

Photograph of Alfie left at the scene with tributes
Image caption A memorial to Alfie is being planned at his school

A four-year-old boy who was hit by a school bus in Somerset has died, police have said.

Alfie Jones was walking home with one of his parents from Huish Episcopi Primary School in Langport on Tuesday when he was struck by the bus.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said that Alfie, from Langport, had died on Wednesday afternoon.

A 28-year-old man from the Yeovil area has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of dangerous driving.

'Dreadful shock'

The school bus was taking children home from nearby Huish Episcopi Academy.

Alfie was was airlifted to Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, where he died.

In a statement, the primary school said: "This is a close-knit school and community and the news has come as a dreadful shock to staff pupils and parents.

"Alfie was a bright, happy boy with an infectious smile who was very popular with classmates and all the staff who taught him. His loss will be deeply felt by everyone."

A number of support agencies are working within the school to help pupils and staff.

A book of condolences and memories has been started and a special assembly will be held at the school.

A memorial to Alfie is also being planned within the school grounds.

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