'Words cannot describe our feelings': Town in shock after teen's death on eve of 18th birthday

A Shropshire town is in shock after a popular young man died on the day before his 18th birthday having been hit by a vehicle.

Dylan Price
Dylan Price

Dylan Price was walking on Brampton Road, Bishops Castle, in the early hours of Sunday when it is believed that he was struck.

West Mercia Police did not confirm the incident was being treated as a 'hit and run' as they are yet to establish all the facts. Nobody has yet been arrested in connection with the death.

Mr Price suffered fatal injuries and police are appealing for information.

Dylan was a popular member of Bishop's Castle & Onny Valley Rugby Club who have issued a tribute in his memory.

"Words cannot describe the feelings the boys are going through at the club right now," a statement from the club said.

"Dylan Price was not only a club member or teammate - he was a friend, a brother and always a smile everyone loved to see around the changing room.

"He always gave his everything in to all he did, not just on the rugby pitch. Dylan will forever be a part of Bishop's Castle Rugby Club and will never be forgotten.

"Our thoughts and love go out to the family in this tough time - fly high Dylan RIP."

The death of the young man, who went to school in Bishop's Castle, and was a lifeguard at the local leisure centre, also prompted tributes from other rugby clubs in Shropshire.

Police issued an appeal for information on Sunday after the incident.

A police spokesperson said: "While cause of death has yet to be fully established, the young man is believed to have been struck by a vehicle while he was walking along the road, causing him to suffer fatal injuries."

Detective Inspector Dafydd Jones said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the young man’s family at this incredibly difficult and upsetting time.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who may have dash-cam footage or who may have witnessed any vehicles or people in the area acting suspiciously during this time.”

Anyone with information can call 101 or visit the West Mercia Police website, quoting incident 00140i of September 19.

Alternatively, speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A fundraising page for Dylan's family had raised more than £3,800 by Monday lunchtime.

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