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Family’s tribute to army cadet, 14, killed after being hit by bus


Family's tribute to army cadet, 14, killed after being hit by bus

Jonathan Debnam’s heartbroken relatives said he was ‘a funny, kind and intelligent boy who loved his family’ (Picture: PA)

The family of a 14-year-old army cadet who died after being hit by a bus have paid tribute to him as ‘a beautiful and caring soul’.

Jonathan Debnam, from Shortstown, was killed after being struck by a bus on the A600 High Road just outside the village on Thursday.

In a statement, his family remembered him as a budding chef and animal lover with a particular fondness for his cats.

They said: ‘We are truly devastated by the tragic loss of our beloved son. Jonathan was a funny, kind and intelligent boy who loved his family and friends with all his heart.

‘An active member of the Army cadets, participating in cadet camps and supporting the other cadets by teaching first aid.

‘He had plans to train to work for the Disasters Emergency Committee so he could make a career out of helping others in their time of need.

‘A budding chef from an early age and an animal lover who especially loved his cats, with the biggest of hearts.

Jonathan Debnam was killed in a crash on the outskirts of Bedford (Picture: Family Handout/PA)

The 14-year-old from Shortstown, died after he was involved in a collision with a bus on the A600 High Road just outside the village (Picture: Family Handout/PA)

‘Above all else he had a beautiful and caring soul and will be missed by all his family and friends more than words can express.

‘Rest in peace our sweet boy.’

The family have asked for privacy.

Detective Sergeant Craig Wheeler said: ‘This is an incredibly sad incident, and our sympathies are with the friends and family of Jonathan.

‘We are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it to get in touch.

‘We would be particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have any dashcam footage of the incident or of the immediate area of the A600 in and around Shortstown, during the time leading up to the collision, which was first reported to police at just before 12pm.’

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