Northern Ireland

Newry: Schoolgirl dies in farm accident

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Media captionAbbie Nummy, pictured at Newry High School, where she was a student

A teenage girl has died in a farm accident in Newry, County Armagh.

She has been named locally as 14-year-old Abbie Nummy. The accident happened on Saturday afternoon.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said it would "prepare a report for the Coroner following a sudden death in a tragic accident".

The Health and Safety Executive attended the scene, along with emergency services, and are investigating the circumstances.

Image caption Iestyn Brown said Abbie was exceptionally kind and caring

Iestyn Brown, principal of Newry High School, where Abbie was a pupil described her as "just delightful".

"She was exceptionally kind, caring, friendly, a lovely little chatterbox," he said.

"She had a big wide circle of friends whom she would support and who would support her.

"You just can't get your head round being in this position of the tragic loss of a pupil in school and such a delightful pupil."

Local independent councillor Gavin Malone said he had visited the family.

"As you can imagine, they are heartbroken and devastated," he said.

"Abbie was a beautiful wee girl. She was happy-go-lucky and very, very popular.

"It is absolutely heart breaking. My thoughts and prayers go to the family. The community will rally round and do all we can to support the family."

Last year, seven people died in farm accidents in Northern Ireland, according to HSENI figures.

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