Horror as ‘sweet’ boy, 14, killed after being hit by a bus | UK | News

The family of a 14-year-old boy killed after being hit by a bus in broad daylight have paid a heartbreaking tribute to him.

Police and paramedics were called to the A600 High Road near Shortstown, Bedfordshire, shortly after 12pm on Thursday.

Nothing could be done to save the boy and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Saturday he was named as Jonathan Debnam, from the village.

In a statement issued through police, Jonathan’s family said: “We are truly devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved son. Jonathan was a funny, kind and intelligent boy who loved his family and friends with all his heart.”

They added: “An active member of the Army cadets, participating in cadet camps and supporting the other cadets by teaching first aid. He had plans to train to work for the Disasters Emergency Committee so he could make a career out of helping others in their time of need.

“A budding chef from an early age and an animal lover who especially loved his cats, with the biggest of hearts.

“Above all else he had a beautiful and caring soul and will be missed by all his family and friends more than words can express. Rest in peace our sweet boy.”

Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit said: “This is an incredibly sad incident, and our sympathies are with the friends and family of Jonathan.

“We are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it to get in touch.

“We would be particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have any dashcam footage of the incident or of the immediate area of the A600 in and around Shortstown, during the time leading up to the collision, which was first reported to Police at just before 12.00pm.”

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