First pics of ‘fun-loving’ Brit boy, 12, killed after being knocked off bike

The heartbroken family of a schoolboy who was killed after being knocked off his bike have paid tribute to their "sensitive, smiley, fun loving soul".

12-year-old Cole Roper, from Cefn Forest in Wales, died on Saturday night when he and a friend, who were riding the same bike, collided with a blue Vauxhall Astra.

The crash happened on the A4049 between the South Wales villages of Aberbargoed and Pengam at around 9.30pm, leaving the other boy in hospital too.

The second lad was later released from hospital following treatment for his injuries, but Cole sadly died.

As the first pictures of Cole were released today, his family paid tribute and said: "Our beautiful boy Cole, a sensitive, smiley, fun loving soul.

"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."

A spokesman for Gwent Police said: "The collision involved a blue Vauxhall Astra and bicycle. There were two boys on the bicycle, both aged 12 years old.

"One of the boys was initially taken to Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil.

"He was later transferred to the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff where, as a result of injuries sustained in the collision, he was sadly pronounced deceased.

"We can confirm his identity as 12-year-old Cole Roper."

Police said Cole's family were being supported by specialist officers.

There were no reported injuries to the driver of the car.

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