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Tributes to Bobby Douglas from Newtonhill after A90 death

Bobby Douglas Image copyright Police scotland
Image caption Bobby had an older brother and younger sister

Relatives of an 11-year-old boy who died after being hit by a van in Aberdeenshire have paid tribute to their "amazing boy".

Bobby Douglas, from Newtonhill, was struck by the vehicle near the Newtonhill flyover on the A90 at 18:20 on Friday.

He died after being taken to the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital.

In a statement, his family described him as a "friendly and good natured child".

In a statement issued through Police Scotland, Bobby's family said they had been "totally devastated" by his death.

They added: "Bobby was an amazing boy, who had so much energy and a real passion for life, and he was looking forward to spending Christmas with his family and friends.

"Born in Aberdeen and brought up in Kincorth, Bobby was a middle child, with an older brother and younger sister. He was a friendly and good natured child and popular in both Kincorth and Newtonhill.

"Our family and Bobby's many friends are finding it extremely hard to come to terms with the fact he has so tragically and unexpectedly been taken from us, and it will take us a very long time to come to terms with our loss."

Newtonhill Primary School head teacher Lesley Tullock said: "Bobby was a popular boy, loved by teachers, pupils but especially his classmates. He was a lively outgoing pupil with a fun-loving personality.

Image caption Bobby was hit by a van near the Newtonhill flyover on the A90

"His love of life was evident to all who knew him and he will be greatly missed by the whole school community.

"It is hard to imagine the loss and tragedy that Bobby's family feel at this time. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathies are with them."

Aberdeenshire Council's head of education Andrew Griffiths said: "This news has come as a great shock to the school and all those who knew Bobby.

"We are providing support to pupils and staff and our thoughts are with everyone who knew Bobby and especially his family at this most difficult of times."

Officers are still appealing for any witnesses to the collision, who have not yet made contact with police, to come forward.

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