Boy dies in road smash

A SCHOOLBOY has died after his moped crashed into a lamp post.

Luke Casson, a 16-year-old student from St Hild’s C of E Secondary School, Hartlepool, suffered serious head injuries after the collision outside the Plough Inn pub, in Front Street, Hutton Henry.

He was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident took place around 6.30pm last night and the road was closed for three hours.

Sergeant Rob Smith, of Durham Police, said: “Police were called to the C22 road at Hutton Henry approximately 500 metres west of the A19.

“A moped collided with a lamp post and the 16-year-old rider sustained serious head injuries.”

Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Sergeant Phillip Grieve, of Durham Police’s road policing unit, on 0345 6060365.

Read tomorrow’s Mail for more details.