Boy, 9, crushed to death by falling tree as Storm Malik brings fatal 80mph winds

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A nine-year-old boy has been crushed to death by a falling tree as Storm Malik has brought 80mph winds to Britain.

The child has become the UK's second victim as result of the storm.

Police in Staffordshire received a report at 1pm on Saturday that a tree had fallen on a boy and a man in Winnothdale.

The man and the boy were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, with the boy sadly passing away, while the man still remains in hospital, Stoke on Trent Live reports.

Police have confirmed that the boy’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers.

A police presence still remains at the location where the tree fell and have asked people to avoid the area.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "Police received a report at 1pm this afternoon (Saturday 29 January) that a tree had fallen on a boy and a man, in an area close to Hollington Road, Winnothdale, near to Tean.

"The man and the boy were taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts of medical staff, a nine-year-old boy passed away.

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"The boy’s family are being supported by specially-trained officers. The man remains in hospital.

"A scene remains at the location, where people are asked to avoid the area. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

This comes after a 60-year-old woman also died after being struck by a falling tree in Aberdeen earlier today.

The Met Office earlier issued an amber alert covering large parts of Scotland as well as Northern England, with gusts of around 70mph forecast in the worst affected areas.

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