A teenage boy killed after being hit by a train at the weekend has been named locally.

Devon Banfield was struck by a Great Western Railway service near Westbury on Saturday (April 30).

The Lavington School pupil was a member of Trowbridge Rugby Football Club's under 16 team, which has paid tribute to Devon.

In a statement, the club said it was in shock after the "devastating loss" of Devon.

He was a long-standing member of Trowbridge RFC, having joined the club at a young age.

In a statement, the club paid fulsome tribute to Devon, describing him as “just the most genuinely wonderful young man you could ever be lucky enough to meet”.

They added: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we at Trowbridge RFC must share the news of the devastating loss of Devon Banfield, of our U16 squad.

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“Having joined us as a little rugger, Devon continued through the ranks with his tight-knit team and coaches all the way up to U16s.

“Devon is the kind of lad everyone wants on their team. Loyal, dedicated, willing to challenge any player on the pitch in the fiercest of tackles and not afraid to run anyone down for the ball, the best friend to all, a caring team-mate, and just the most genuinely wonderful young man you could ever be lucky enough to meet.

“At this time of immeasurable sadness, we extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Devon’s parents, siblings and extended family, and they remain in our thoughts.

“We also extend our sympathies to Devon’s U16 team-mates and coaches here at the club, and thank everyone for their continued support of the boys at this time.

“We will love and remember you always. Our Devon. Our Super 7.”

Devon is understood to have been hit by the GWR service from Exeter to London Paddington at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

Paramedics, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, police and were called out to the accident scene after the boy died.

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police were called to the line near Westbury at 3.01pm on Saturday, 30 April following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Paramedics also attended and sadly a person was pronounced at the scene.

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

The teenager was later taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon for identification.

All lines were closed and diversions were put in place while emergency services dealt with the incident. The lines re-opened after 5pm.