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Boy dies after being hit by car in Bournemouth

Flowers at scene
Image caption The boy was struck by the car as he crossed Naseby Road, police said

A five-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car as he crossed the road.

Police said the boy was struck by a black Vauxhall Corsa as he crossed Naseby Road, Bournemouth, shortly before 16:00 GMT on Wednesday.

He was taken to hospital where he died a short time later. The driver of the car, a woman in her 20s, was uninjured.

Police have urged witnesses to come forward and are seeking any CCTV from homes or dashcam footage from drivers.

Flowers have been left by the roadside.

One card read: "To my baby, mummy and daddy love you so much. You will always be with us, such a funny, happy boy."

The boy was a pupil at Winton Primary School. Head teacher Neil Tarchetti said everyone at the school was "deeply distressed and devastated".

Image caption Flowers have been placed at the scene

He said: "The death of one of our wonderful pupils at such a tender age is very painful and his loss is acutely felt by all within our school community.

"This tragedy leaves his friends, other classmates and children, staff and everyone involved deeply affected.

"We are talking to all the children in school today about what has happened and offering support where needed.

"We offer our sincere condolences to the family, and in time will work with them to determine a longer term fitting tribute to their son."

Cheryl Hadland, of Tops Day Nursery which the boy previously attended, said: "We remember his playfulness. He was fun to be with, he caused laughter and that's something we'll treasure - just being energetic and being a little boy."

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