A 16-year-old boy who had been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a bike crash in the Hamworthy area of Poole has died, police said tonight.

At around 10.45pm on Monday, October 19, Dorset Police received a report in relation to the incident involving a teenage boy on a pit bike on the recreation ground between Poole Rugby Football Club and the Turlin Moor estate in the Blandford Road area.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance service. The 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition. Very sadly, he died from his injuries today at Southampton hospital. His family is aware.

Sergeant Craig Tatton, of the traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are very much with the boy’s family and loved ones at this very difficult time.”

It was reported that the pit bike was involved in a collision with metal railings. When officers arrived at the scene, the pit bike was not there. It was located the following day.

Two local boys, aged 13 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Tatton continued: “I would like to renew our appeal for any witnesses or anyone with information who has not yet spoken to officers to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 55200157516. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.