Tributes paid to “amazing boy”

Bobby trained in Muay Thai kickboxing at Aberdeen Combat Centre.

Bobby trained in Muay Thai kickboxing at Aberdeen Combat Centre.

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The tragic death of 11 year-old Bobby Douglas from Newtonhill last Friday has prompted an outpouring of messages from friends and family.

Bobby was struck by a van on the A90 southbound carriageway on Friday evening at around 6.30pm. It is thought that he was attempting to cross the busy road to get to a bus stop.

Floral tributes, as well as photographs, boxing gloves and an Aberdeen Football Club scraf, have been laid at the scene of the accident.

Floral tributes, as well as photographs, boxing gloves and an Aberdeen Football Club scraf, have been laid at the scene of the accident.

He was conveyed to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, but the keen kickboxer and Dons fan sadly died from his injuries.

Leading the tributes were his family, who issued this statement: Our family are totally devastated by the death of our dear son, Bobby Douglas, aged 11.

“Bobby was an amazing boy, who had so much energy and a real passion for life, and he was looking forward to spending Christmas with his family and friends.

“Born in Aberdeen and brought up in Kincorth, Bobby was a middle child, with an older brother and younger sister. He was a friendly and good natured child and popular in both Kincorth and Newtonhill.”

They added: “Our family and Bobby’s many friends are finding it extremely hard to come to terms with the fact he has so tragically and unexpectedly been taken from us, and it will take us a very long time to come to terms with our loss.

“We would now respectfully ask the media to leave us in peace to grieve for him in our own way.”

The Newtonhill Village Association summed up the feelings of a whole community when they posted on their Facebook page: “Our whole village has been shocked and saddened by this tragedy. The thoughts and prayers of the village are with his family and friends.”

Officers are still appealing for any witnesses to the collision, who have not yet made contact with police, to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.