First picture of ‘beautiful’ boy, 12, who died after being knocked off bike

The heartbroken family of a 12-year-old boy who died after being knocked off his bike have described him as their "beautiful boy".

Cole Roper was a "sensitive, smiley, fun loving soul", they said.

In a statement released through Gwent Police, they added: "A wonderful son, brother, grandson and friend to many.

"Words cannot describe how much he will be missed. Thank you from all of the family for the condolences shown at this time.

"We would appreciate some time and privacy to grieve."

Cole , from Cefn Fforest, died from his injuries in hospital after he was involved in a serious incident on the A4049 Pengam Road between Aberbargoed and Pengam.

The incident, involving a blue Vauxhall Astra, happened on Saturday at around 9.30pm.

Cole was initially taken to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, but was later transferred to the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, where he was pronounced dead.

Another 12-year-old boy, who was also involved in the incident, was treated at hospital for his injuries but has since been released.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Cole was a pupil at Blackwood Comprehensive School. The school's chairman of governors and Blackwood councillor, Andrew Farina-Childs, said the news had shocked everyone.

"I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family," he said.

"It's been a terrible shock to all Cole's friends and the school. I understand there was a special assembly held at the school today."

Tom Williams, councillor for Cefn Fforest, also offered his support to Cole's family. He said: "We are very, very sorry and if there is anything we can do to help the family we will be there."

Messages of support have poured in for the family. Kathryn Hill wrote on Facebook : "So heartbeaking,thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time, fly high young man.

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