An 11 year-old boy is in hospital after he fell from a tractor and suffered "severe leg injuries" in a farm accident.

The boy was on the tractor as it was cutting grass in Bleasby, in Nottinghamshire, when he fell off and had his leg trapped in the mower.

He was taken to Queen's Medical centre by ambulance where he is currently being treated for his injuries.

Police have now launched an investigation to establish how the incident occurred.

Inspector Clare Gibson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "The boy was on the tractor while it was being used to cut grass.

We believe the young boy has fallen from the tractor whilst in motion and subsequently sustained severe leg injuries for which he is receiving medical treatment.

"An investigation to establish what led to this incident is under way."

Agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injury

Figures published in the Health and Safety Executive's report "Fatal injuries in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Great Britain 2019/20" show 21 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities during the year.

Transport – overturning vehicles or being struck by moving vehicles – caused most deaths.

Agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injury (per 100,000) of the main industrial sectors. It is eighteen times as high as the average rate across all industries.

Around half of the agricultural workers killed were 55 years or older.

The youngest person killed was a 4-year-old child.