UPDATE: Boy killed in Rothwell tractor incident named

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An 11-year-old boy who died after being hit by a tractor at a popular farm in Rothwell has been named.

Harry Whitlam died after undergoing complex surgery in hospital, following the incident at Swithens Farm yesterday morning.

It is believed Harry, who comes from the Wakefield area, was working as a farm hand at the site where his mum is also understood to work.

He is thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by the tractor’s trailer at 9.20am. The youngster was flown by Yorkshire Air Ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary, where he later died.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a 48-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving. He has since been released on bail.

The farm remains open to visitors. It is run by the Broadhead family and has a shop, playground, play barn and open farm.

The incident happened on a dirt track next to barns.

Detective Superintendent Scott Wood, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We are continuing to investigate what has been a tragic incident with the Health and Safety Executive and are still appealing for witnessses to what occured yesterday.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101.”