Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Moto-cross death: Bradley Hooper a 'kind and gentle son'

Bradley Hooper
Image caption Bradley Hooper was about to take his first GCSE exam

The family of a 16-year-old boy who died after an accident at a Hampshire moto-cross event have paid tribute to a "kind, gentle and considerate son".

Bradley Hooper, from Farnham in Surrey, suffered serious injuries at Down Farm in Headbourne Worthy, near Winchester, on Sunday and died in hospital.

He was in collision with another rider, aged 15, who was injured but survived.

Bradley's family said he was passionate about sport and took part in four school drama productions.

They said: "Bradley was full of life and lived life to the full.

"Sadly he has been taken from us at such a young age.

"He was kind, gentle, considerate, and made everybody laugh, and always had an infectious smile on his face."

GCSE exams

He played both football and basketball and enjoyed mountain biking and had started moto-cross at the age of six, his family said.

"As a family we are so overwhelmed by the number of messages on Facebook, the messages make us all so proud of what a lovely boy he was," they added.

Bradley was a pupil at Farnham Heath End School and was due to take his first GCSE exam on Tuesday 13 May.

He had been accepted for a place at Farnham Sixth Form College to do a BTEC level 3 diploma in Sport.

Bradley and the other rider were among 200 people taking part in a day's racing and were riding a practice session to familiarise themselves with the course when they collided.

Police have appealed for anyone who filmed the collision or the bikes prior to it to contact them.

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