Rugby player killed in 'hit-&-run' day before 18th birthday as tributes pour in for player with 'smile everyone loved'

TRIBUTES have poured in for a talented rugby player who was killed in an alleged hit-and-run just one day before his 18th birthday.

Dylan Price, 17, was discovered fatally injured in a country lane in Shropshire shortly after 2am on Sunday.

Heartbroken teammates from nearby Bishop's Castle Rugby Club said the player had a "smile everyone loved" and he will "never be forgotten".

They said the teenager – who was just one day away from turning 18 – was "a friend and a brother".

He leaves behind his parents and two sisters.

A club spokesman said: "Words cannot describe the feelings the boys are going through at the club right now.

"Dylan Price was not only a club member or team mate 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 Bishops Castle Rugby Club and will never be forgotten.

"Our thoughts and love go out to the family in this tough time."

Police officers believe he had been hit by a vehicle while he was walking along the road.

A fund-raising page has so far collected more than £4,000.

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."

Officers have today been in Brampton Road to talk to anyone that might have information relating to Sunday's incident.

Police are urging people who may have seen Dylan walking along Brampton Road or any vehicles or people in the area acting suspiciously to get in touch.

Officers would also like residents and businesses with CCTV or doorbell cameras, or motorists with dash-cam footage of the area at around that time to contact police.

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