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The condition of an eight-year-old boy who suffered serious head injuries when he fell from a moving tractor is improving in hospital.

The boy, named locally as James Gregg, had been on the critical list after falling from the tractor on to a road near Cloughmills in County Antrim on Monday 26 October.

James was taken by ambulance to Antrim Area Hospital and then on to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast after 2pm.

The hospital has confirmed that he has been removed from the critical list and is in a “stable” condition.

Friends and family held a prayer vigil overnight and local politicians voiced their support for James’ family who are well-known dairy farmers in the area.

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) politician Mervyn Storey said he was shocked by the news.

“I would know both the wee boy’s father and mother and certainly when something like this happens, I do not think any family is prepared for something like this taking place,” Mr Storey said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gregg family and their wee boy James to make it through”
Mervyn Storey, Democratic Unionist Party

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gregg family and their wee boy James to make it through.”

He described the Gregg family as “lovely” and said mum Joan was a teacher while dad Wallace ran the family farm on which he himself had grown up.

“They would be extremely well known,” he said.

“There are many people praying for James and the family.”

North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley added: “I am shocked to learn about this accident and my thoughts and prayers are with the family circle at this very worrying time.”