Mid Wales

Boy, 12, dies after goalposts fall on him in Caersws

Floral tributes left for Casey Breese on Saturday
Image caption Floral tributes left for Casey Breese on Saturday

A 12-year-old boy has died after being hit by falling goalposts while playing football in Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police said Casey Breese was playing with local boys in a recreation ground at Caersws on Friday.

A spokesman said the goalposts were being examined after the "sad death" of Casey and there were no suspicious circumstances.

He was pronounced dead after being flown to hospital in Shrewsbury.

A police spokesman said it is understood that a group of local boys were playing football on the recreation area when the goalposts fell to the ground.

"Sadly a local boy died from injuries sustained," said the spokesman.

He was later named by the force.

Casey was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken by air ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

"The goalposts have been taken away by the police, who have also spoken with the other children and some adults who were in the area at the time," said the spokesman.

"The children present have been affected by the incident and a specially-trained officer will be speaking with their families, and if necessary, further support will be put in place."

'Sympathies'

A liaison officer is supporting the family. A tribute is expected to be paid on Monday.

Floral tributes and a football top were placed at the ground, while tributes were also left to Casey on Facebook and Twitter.

Image caption A football shirt left in tribute to Casey Breese on Saturday

One said he was "a star and will never be forgotten".

Det Insp Ian Andrews said the police were working in collaboration with the environmental health department at Powys Council.

"Our condolences go to the family who have suffered this terrible loss and we would ask that the media respect their privacy," said Det Insp Andrews.

"In addition, we would ask any member of the public who witnessed the incident to come forward as their information may help the investigation."

The coroner has been informed.

The incident happened in a recreation ground, also home to the village's football club.

Caersws FC's pre-season friendly with Carmarthen Town, due to be played on Saturday afternoon, was called off as a mark of respect.

Caersws FC chairman Peter Harding said: "Our thoughts are with the family and his friends and it is a tragedy for the village.

Image caption The boy was flown to hospital in Shrewsbury but was pronounced dead

"We are helping the police with the investigation. It has knocked us for six."

Vice chairman of Carmarthen Robert Lloyd told BBC Wales: "We had a request late yesterday following the tragedy at the ground, to call the game off.

"Naturally we agreed and our condolences and sympathies go to everyone involved."

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesman said: "HSE is aware of this incident and is following up with police and local authority officials."