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Young school pupil dies after being hit by vehicle in Ayrshire

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A pedestrian who died after being struck by a car on Monday afternoon is understood to have been a young school pupil.Emergency services rushed to Castle Place, New Cumnock, around 12.35pm to reports of a collision.Sadly, the youngster could not be saved and died after the incident.

The road remains closed while officers investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.Several community groups have since taken to social media to say activities over the next week have been cancelled due to the 'tragic' incident, while the local council said pupils would be supported.

The chief education officer at East Ayrshire Council, Linda McAulay Griffiths, told STV News : “Our thoughts are with all involved at this very sad time. “We will be working closely with the school and together we will do all we can to help and support those affected in the coming days.“All enquiries relating to the incident itself are being handled by our colleagues in Police Scotland.” The New Cumnock Development Trust said: "In light of the tragic event in our community today, all NCDT activities over the coming week are now cancelled." New Cumnock Baptist Church posted: "After the tragic event in the town today Tuesday Club is cancelled.

Our prayers are with the family."New Cumnock Bowling Club added: "Due to the tragic event in our village today the green will be closed tonight in respect for the family."A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers are investigating a fatal road crash involving a pedestrian which happened around 12.35pm on Monday, 18 September, 2023 on Castle Place, New Cumnock."The road remains closed." Don't miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond - Sign up to our daily newsletter here.

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