South West Wales

'Tragedy' of Swansea Valley driveway death of boy, 5

Harry Patterson, on the right, with his brother Dylan, pictured three weeks ago
Image caption Harry Patterson, on the right, with his brother Dylan, pictured three weeks ago when they were at Swansea's Liberty Stadium for an Ospreys rugby game

The father of a five-year-old boy who died following an accident on the driveway of their home has described his death as an "absolute tragedy".

Harry Patterson was taken by air ambulance on Tuesday from Alltwen, near Pontardawe, Swansea Valley, to hospital, where he later died.

Christian Patterson fought back his tears as he paid tribute to his son.

The family are being supported by police. Details of exactly what happened are still uncertain.

Clutching a picture of Harry, Mr Patterson said at his home in Bryn Llywellyn: "Harry was a real individual in the truest sense of the word.

"I think he would have grown up to be anything he wanted to be.

"At the moment he wanted to be a chef and I'm sure he would have achieved that.

"He was a very happy child and when he did some school work recently he was asked to write down if there was anything that concerned him.

"He wrote down: 'Nothing' ".

'Fun-loving'

A neighbour, Arwyn Llewellyn, 86, said: "Michelle was a marvellous mother and Harry was a wicked boy in the best possible way, mischievous like a proper little boy.

"He was a really nice kid."

Image caption Christian Patterson described his son as a "real individual

Local councillor David Lewis said support was being offered to staff and pupils at Alltwen Primary School, where Harry was a pupil.

Mr Lewis said local people would rally round the family "to help in any way in which they can."

"The whole community is absolutely devastated by this news but Alltwen is a close-knit community and everyone is pulling together to provide support for the family," he added.

Beth Davies, head teacher of Alltwen Primary School, said: "Our thoughts are with the family at this moment and to Dylan, his brother.

"Harry was a lively, fun-loving little boy, always considerate of others and very popular with the children and staff.

"He was a creative little boy who loved socialising with his peers and will be missed very much by us all."

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses and the silver Seat car is being examined.

The coroner has been informed.

Anyone who was in the area and saw the boy before the incident is asked to contact the police on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.