A FOUR-YEAR-OLD boy described as the light of his family’s lives has died in an accident on a farm.

Harry Lee is thought to have fallen from a telehandler-type vehicle and been run over by it in what police have described as a tragic accident.

The incident happened at 11.15am on Monday at a farm in Well Head Road, Newchurch-in-Pendle.

In a tribute, Harry’s family said: “Harry was the light of our lives. He is a much-loved son, grandson, brother, cousin and uncle in his large extended family.

“He never failed to make friends and melt hearts wherever he went, with his cheeky smile and his laughter.

“Harry was born and brought up on a farm and loved the outdoor lifestyle. His passion was tractors and animals. He could name every brand and type of tractor in the area by sight and loved to feed and look after the animals.

“Harry has attended the same nursery for three years and he loved his teachers and his friends. Harry’s teacher admitted that everything she knows about farming and tractors had come from him and that even she could identify the different tractors and the trailers by sight.

“Harry loved listening to music, and insisted on being in charge of the play list whenever he went out in the car.

“Most of all Harry was our angel and although it is the most difficult time of our lives, trying to come to terms with his loss, he will always be with us and we will think of him every day for the rest of our lives.”

Police said Harry was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a police spokesman said no arrests have been made.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said they had been made aware of the incident on Monday.

A file has been passed to the coroner.

Sgt Michael Belfield said: These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with Harry and his family at this very difficult time.

“We believe that Harry fell from the vehicle and was then involved in a collision. Sadly he suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.”

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “I was shocked and saddened to hear about this tragic incident. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”

Higham and Pendleside ward Cllr Carlo Lionti said: “This is very upsetting news. I lost my grandson when he was just seven months old and I still picture him every day. So I understand the pain his family and friends will be feeling. My thoughts and sympathies are with them.”

A nearby resident said: “I heard what happened from someone in the village.

“They’re a nice family and I’m just really shocked and saddened by what’s happened.

“My thoughts are with the family.”

Another resident added: “It’s awful. Things like this don’t usually happen in a quiet community such as ours so it’s a shock.”