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Pictured: Sutton Coldfield boy, 12, who died in horror accident at indoor ski centre named by police

Police have named a 12-year-old boy who died in a horror accident at an indoor ski and snowboarding centre.

Louis Watkiss, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, died after being seriously injured at the SnowDome in Tamworth on Friday evening, Staffordshire Police said.

Releasing a photograph of the youngster, the force said in a statement: 'Police were called at 6.40pm on September 24 to reports that a child had been seriously injured at the SnowDome.

Louis Watkiss, 12,  of Sutton Coldfield, died after being seriously injured at the SnowDome in Tamworth on Friday evening

The Snowdrome in Tamworth remains temporarily closed as officials work with police and safety bosses

'Officers attended the location, along with ambulance crews.

'Sadly, Louis, died of his injuries shortly afterwards. 

'Louis's family are being supported by specially-trained officers. We would ask everyone to respect the family's right to grieve in private during this extremely difficult time.

'Staffordshire Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances with support from the Health and Safety Executive.'

The owners of the SnowDome described the tragedy as 'almost beyond belief'. It remains closed today as officials work with police and safety bosses.

The company told customers on Sunday: 'The SnowDome is to remain temporarily closed following the tragic death of a child on Friday evening.

'The directors and staff are deeply shocked by what happened, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this terrible time.

'An investigation is currently being carried out by the authorities, and we are giving it our full co-operation.'

Witnesses claimed on social media that the tragedy happened when Louis's sled collided with a skier.

Louis's family are being supported by specially-trained officers as Staffordshire Police continue to investigate the incident

One parent wrote on Facebook: 'My friend took his kids to the slope and say the boy was sledging when he somehow collided with a skier about halfway down the slope.

'It was apparently very busy and full of kids. Police were questioning all the staff who all looked in shock.'

Another parent wrote on Twitter: 'I was there, on the same run as it happened just behind me.

'Awful scenes, truly heartbreaking. Devastated doesn't do it justice. God knows how the parents and family feel, plus the party with him.

'So hard to imagine what the family are going through.'

Staffordshire Police said that a man was also treated for injuries.

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