South Scotland

Kelloholm community 'heartbroken' by Keiran Esquierdo's death

Keiran Esquierdo Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Keiran Esquierdo died at the scene of the accident in Kelloholm

Tributes have been paid to a 12-year-old boy who was crushed to death by a heavy wooden pole in southern Scotland.

Keiran Esquierdo died at the scene of the accident in his home village of Kelloholm, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Local minister Rev William Hogg said: "The whole community is heartbroken by this tragic event and the loss of such a young life.

"All of our prayers are for Keiran's family and friends as they face such a difficult time."

Sanquhar Academy head teacher Tom Snow said the pupil's death would be "acutely felt" in the school and wider community.

"In his few months at Sanquhar Academy, Keiran had shown himself to be a bright, hardworking and motivated student who loved animals and nature," he said.

"He was highly thought of by his teachers and fellow pupils."

'Sorely missed'

Kelloholm Primary head teacher Malcolm McGregor said they were "deeply shocked and greatly saddened" by the death of their former pupil.

"He was a considerate and gentle boy who was a popular member of our school community," he said.

"He'll be sorely missed by his friends.

"Our thoughts are with his family and all at Kelloholm Primary School offer our heartfelt condolences."

Emergency services were called out to the incident on open ground in the village on Sunday afternoon.

Police investigations are continuing and the procurator fiscal has been informed.

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