Parents mourn 'free spirited' boy killed by lorry

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Archie Dunbar
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Archie was killed as he cycled near his home

The grieving parents of a boy killed by a lorry as he cycled outside his home have paid tribute to the popular five-year-old.

Archie Dunbar died instantly in the accident on Muirfield Drive in Gullane, East Lothian, on Tuesday afternoon.

The youngster, described by his parents as a "free little spirit", was looking forward to starting Primary Two on Thursday.

Floral tributes have been laid outside the family home.

In a statement, Jonathan and Michaela Dunbar said: "He always received glowing reports, and was very popular with his classmates and teachers.

"His caring nature meant that he would always try to help his classmates if they were having difficulty understanding something that he understood himself.

"He loved reading and playing on his computer, and he loved riding his bike.

"This was the first summer where he was able to have full use of his bike, and he was taken from us doing his favourite thing in the world."

'Missing him'

Archie was pedalling by his home when the accident happened at about 1400 BST.

The lorry driver was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary suffering from shock.

Lothian and Borders Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for witnesses.

Mr and Mrs Dunbar said as well as cycling their son loved trains and had enjoyed a trip on a steam engine from Drem to Edinburgh Waverley Station a few years ago.

They said: "His brother Fionnlagh and sister Skye are missing him terribly, and they keep talking about all the flowers that people have left outside the house.

"Everyone who lives here knew Archie, because he was the kind of person who would say hello to everybody.

"We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has left flowers outside, we really do appreciate it, and we know that he will be missed be everyone who knew him."

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