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Tribute after cyclist boy's death

Robert Gaunt
Robert Gaunt died in hospital two days after the collision

The parents of a nine-year-old boy who died after he was hit by two cars while out on his bicycle have paid tribute to a "lovely lad".

Robert Gaunt died in hospital on Saturday after the collision at Overton, near Wrexham, on Thursday.

His parents, Dawn Richards and Robert Jones, said he would be missed by all his friends.

North Wales Police said one of the car drivers failed to stop. A man, 61, and a woman, 58, have been arrested.

Robbie, as he was known, died at 1130 GMT on Saturday in Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool, after he was initially taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

In a tribute issued via the police, his parents said he had an outgoing personality and like any other lad was popular in the village.

'Especially missed'

"He is going to be missed by all his friends in Overton and Penycae and also by his school friends at St Christopher's," they said.

"He will be especially missed by his mother and father, his brothers and sisters and all his relatives and close friends."

The incident happened on the A539 between Erbistock and the outskirts of Wrexham just before 1930 GMT on Thursday.

On Sunday, North Wales Police said a silver Jaguar vehicle has been recovered which was believed to have been in a collision similar to the one under investigation.

In a statement, they said: "We believe the circumstances surrounding the two arrests and the recovery of this vehicle are significant to our investigation."

Officers had previously said one car apparently struck the youngster before he hit another car going the opposite way.

Later on Sunday they issued a statement saying forensic investigation in their enquiry were being are centred around Moorland Avenue and Harvard Way in Wrexham.

A man and woman, both from the Wrexham area, were arrested on Sunday and remained in custody for questioning.

Anyone with information can contact police on 0845 607 1002 (English language line) or 0845 607 1001 (Welsh language).

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