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Casey Breese's family pay tribute after goalpost death

Casey Breese
Image caption Casey's parents say he "loved getting his hands dirty"

The family of a 12-year-old boy who died after being hit by a falling goalpost while playing football in Powys have been paying tribute to their "lively, energetic lad".

Casey Breese was playing with other local boys in a recreation ground at Caersws on Friday when the "tragic incident" happened.

Dyfed-Powys Police issued a statement on behalf of his parents who say he was "loved by all in the community".

The incident is being investigated.

"Casey was a lively, energetic lad full of fun and was loved by all in the community," said the family statement.

Dozens of tributes have poured in since a Facebook page was set up for people to leave messages for the Newtown High School pupil, who recently moved into Year Eight.

His parents said during his spare time Casey was passionate about riding his BMX bicycle, playing with his friends in the village, attending the Caersws golf range.

Casey recently participated in a rounders fun-day competition, winning the championship.

'Loved by all'

"He often spent time at his uncle's farm where he loved riding his racing quad and helping out," they said.

Describing his fun nature, they said: "On one occasion he jumped, fully clothed into a swimming pool, and only then thought about what was in his pockets."

The statement explained how he enjoyed spending time with his father at his building firm and "loved getting his hands dirty".

"So many friends and family and members of the community remember Casey and he will be sadly missed by all," said the statement.

Police are continuing to investigate his death at the recreation ground, which is also home to Caersws football club.

Floral tributes have been left at the site, along with a Manchester United shirt.

Det Insp Ian Andrews said the police were working in collaboration with the environmental health department at Powys Council, and a liaison offer from the force is supporting the family.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spokesman said it was "following up with police and local authority officials".

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