A YOUNG boy has died after an off-road bike crashed into a lamppost in a sleepy village.

The four-year-old is understood to have been a passenger on the bike when the horror unfolded yesterday afternoon.

Police were scrambled to the village of Eldon Lane near Bishop Auckland in County Durham at around 1pm.

The boy was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being airlifted to hospital.

Sadly he couldn't be saved and was declared dead on arrival.

A spokesperson for Durham Police said: “Police are investigating following the death of a four-year-old boy in Bishop Auckland.

“It is believed the child had been a passenger on an off-road bike when it collided with a lamppost shortly after 1pm yesterday (Sunday, January 23) in the Eldon Lane area.

“He was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, but was sadly pronounced dead on arrival.”

Officers are asking anyone with information to call Durham police on 101 quoting incident number 196 of January 23.

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