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Teen who died in tragic woodland motorbike accident named locally as fundraising page launched
The youngster has been described as being 'a beautiful young man' who was 'taken far too soon' (reported the Gazette)
The teenager who died after his motorcycle crashed into a tree has been named locally as Rhys Wardle.
The 16-year-old was riding in woodland near Lazenby when the tragedy unfolded.
A huge rescue operation was launched on Sunday afternoon, with the air ambulance also called to the scene.
Young Rhys was taken to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries and later died.
The news of his death has sent shockwaves across the community, with hundreds of people taking to social media to pay tribute.
On Facebook, Rhys is described as being "a beautiful young man" who was "taken far too soon".
A fundraising page, which people can donate to HERE , has also been launched to help his family with the cost of his funeral.
Others have also changed their profile pictures to a blue love heart in Rhys' honour.
Cleveland Police said they were called by the ambulance service at around 2.40pm.
In a statement released on Monday, the force said: "It was reported that the boy was riding a motorbike, when it collided with a tree.
"Emergency services attended the scene and the boy was taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries, where he sadly later died.
"Our thoughts remain with the boy’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time."
A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service added: "We got a call at 2.33pm, a teenager had come off a bike.
"We were supported by the hazardous area response team, three paramedic ambulances, the air ambulance and also by mountain rescue.
"We took one male patient to James Cook Hospital, they were with a doctor in the land ambulance."
The emergency service vehicles were seen parked up in a lay-by just off the A174 near to Greystones roundabout at Eston.
Any witnesses who haven’t already spoken with police are asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting incident number 044106.