A TIGHT-KNIT community has been left devastated after a nine-year-old girl was knocked off her bike and killed by a tractor.
The Primary 4 pupil died at the scene of the horrific accident in New Cumnock, Ayrshire yesterday lunchtime.
Locals said Naomi Ferrans, nine, was killed while riding her bike on Castle Place during school lunch break. Emergency services raced to the scene but the schoolgirl was sadly pronounced dead.
Following news of her death Laura Ferrans, believed to be the girl's aunt, paid tribute with a picture of the youngster on social media.
A devastated friend commented: "I'm absolutely heartbroken, totally devastated.
"Naomi was one of a kind, anyone who knew her knows of her little cheeky personality, no matter where she was she brought smiles to people's faces.
"May you rest in peace little angel sending you all big hugs and my deepest sympathy".
A local shopkeeper, who didn’t want named, said: “There is a dark cloud over New Cumnock. I even considered not opening because of what happened yesterday. People are walking about in a daze.”
A neighbour added: “It’s tragic, absolutely tragic.
"Everybody knew Naomi and her cheeky grin. We can’t believe she’s gone.”
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Earlier, Cumnock Juniors Girls Football Club said all training had been cancelled following the incident.
Their 2016's team added: "The players, parents and coaches of Cumnock Juniors 2016s send our deepest condolences to our friends at the Cumnock Juniors Girls team, following the devastating news of the tragic and sudden death of one of their U10 players. Thoughts and prayers".
Council bosses have been in touch with the local school to arrange support for youngsters in the coming days.
Linda McAulay Griffiths, chief education officer at East Ayrshire Council said: "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."
Meanwhile, local community groups have confirmed that they have cancelled all upcoming activities for next week as a mark of respect.
New Cumnock Development Trust posted on social media: "In light of the tragic event in our community today, all NCDT activities over the coming week are now cancelled."
New Cumnock Baptist Church also wrote: "After the tragic event in the town today Tuesday Club is cancelled. "Our prayers are with the family."
APolice Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 12.35pm on Monday, September 18, we received a report of a crash involving a tractor towing a trailer and a 9-year-old female, on her bicycle on Castle Place, New Cumnock.
“Emergency services attended but the girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
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“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances."
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