‘Cheeky’ schoolboy, nine, is crushed to death by agricultural vehicle while helping on his family farm, inquest hears

  • Inquest has heard Tomos-Rhys Bunford, 9, died after being crushed by a vehicle
  • Youngster was helping on family farm in south Wales when the tragedy occurred
  • A joint investigation by the police and health and safety watchdog is underway 

A ‘loving and cheeky’ schoolboy was crushed to death by a vehicle while helping on his family farm, an inquest into his death heard today.

Tomos-Rhys Bunford, nine, was in a field when he became trapped by the heavy agricultural vehicle.

His panic-stricken parents called emergency services but Tomos-Rhys died of his injuries at the scene.

Hundreds of tributes were paid to the farmer’s son who was known for his ‘absolute cheekiness, massive personality and loving heart’.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating the tragedy at Ferndale, Rhondda, South Wales.


Tomos-Rhys Bunford, nine, was in a field when he became trapped by the heavy agricultural vehicle and a joint investigation is underway by police and the health and safety watchdog

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm the death of a nine year-old boy following an incident involving a vehicle on farmland in Ferndale.

‘A joint investigation between South Wales Police and the Health and Safety Executive is underway.

‘The boy’s family are currently being supported by specially trained officers.’

Thomas-Rhys was a talented young rugby player with Pontypridd RFC’s Under-10s where his team mates were in tears.

A minute’s silence was held before junior games in South Wales at the weekend in honour of Tomos-Rhys.

A Pontypridd RFC spokesman said: ‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tomos Bunford who played for our U10’s.

‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this awfully sad time.’

The schoolboy’s devoted parents Rhys and Louise are said to be ‘devastated and heartbroken’ by the tragedy.

An inquest into Tomos-Rhys’s death opened at Pontypridd Coroner’s Court (pictured) where a coroner heard the nine-year-old died as a result of being crushed by an agricultural vehicle

The couple have two other children Gethin,14, and Clemmie who is just nine-months-old.

The family run a shop from their 120 acre Ty’r Gelli Farm selling meats, eggs and vegetables.

A GoFundMe page with a target of £1,000 to help pay for funeral expenses has raised more than £7,000.

Organiser Melanie Facey said: ‘As a young family who are self employed, any donation the people of our community make would be greatly appreciated while they stay at home to support each other through the coming weeks.

‘These donations will help towards funeral costs and relieve the family of any financial stress on top of an already horrific time.’

An inquest, opened at Pontypridd Coroner’s court today, heard Tomos-Rhys died after being crushed by a vehicle at the family farm on September 6. The hearing was adjourned until March 2023.

It’s the second tragedy involving children and farm vehicles in Wales in a month.

Ianto Jenkins, three, was knocked over and killed by his father’s pick-up truck in Efailwen, Clynderwen, Pembrokeshire, at the beginning of August.

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