Stamford parents keep vigil as coach fall boy 'critical'

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Media captionThe children and adults had been at a mini-rugby tournament in North Norfolk

A nine-year-old boy who suffered "life-threatening injuries" after falling from a coach on the A47 in Norfolk remains critical in hospital.

Sebastian Goold, from Wansford near Peterborough, fell from the double-decker at Tilney All Saints, near King's Lynn, at 15:45 BST on Sunday.

He was taken to a specialist unit in Cambridge and his parents are with him.

Police said the boy, from Stamford Rugby Club in Lincolnshire, fell from an exit door near the coach toilet.

He suffered severe head and leg injuries and was initially taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in nearby King's Lynn.

Children, accompanied by parents, all from the rugby club, were returning home on the coach after playing in a tournament at Holt in north Norfolk.

The boy's father, Nick Goold, was travelling on the coach while his mother Tracey was in a car as part of a convoy, police said.

'Keeping a vigil'

The parents have expressed their gratitude and thanks to friends and associates at Stamford Rugby Club, and to the wider rugby family, for their well wishes and prayers.

"We have received further messages of support from lots of other people, wishing Sebastian well, and these too have been gratefully received," a statement said.

"However our focus, at this time, remains on keeping a vigil at Sebastian's bedside and we ask that we are left alone to deal with this as a family and that the media accepts this as our only, but sincerest, statement on the matter."

Sebastian was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital where there is a specialist head injury unit on Sunday night.

The police investigation is continuing with an examination of the coach due to begin later.

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