FLOWERS, cards and personal tributes have been left outside a cattle mart where a teenager suffered fatal injuries after falling through the roof.

Kyle Hull, 15, was left with head injuries after a fall at Darlington Cattle Mart, in Clifton Road, Darlington, last Tuesday evening (April 7).

The teenager was being treated in hospital, where he was in a coma, and had his family by his bedside.

However his condition took a turn for the worse and he died on Sunday morning.

By Monday morning, more than a dozen bunches of flowers had been left outside the mart, as well as a T-shirt with "RIP Kyle" printed on it.

It was business as usual at the mart on Monday morning, but groups of teenagers continued to arrive in small groups, to pay their respects.

Friends described Kyle as a "sound lad" who was popular among his large social circle.

Market manager and head auctioneer Andrew Armstrong  said police had asked him not to say too much at this stage, but added: "I feel for the boy's family and we will do whatever we can to help them at this sad time."

Durham Police had warned children about climbing onto the roof following the accident which occurred over the Easter break.

Posting on Facebook one family member said the teenager had been told about climbing roofs, but was not intent on causing criminal damage.

The tragedy comes after years of complaints from neighbours about security at the site, which can be accessed by climbing over a turnstile.

In 1992 11-year-old Jack Hunter suffered fatal injuries after he jumped from a chimney on the building and fell through a corrugated roof.

The former Carmel Comprehensive pupil’s death led to calls for better security measures, although at the time bosses at the mart said they could not be held responsible for children playing there.

One local resident said: “This is a terrible tragedy, but unfortunately the mart has been used as a playground for years.”

A social media page set up in Kyle's memory has been inundated with messages of sympathy.

One messaage said: "So sad. Can't believe I won't see you at school, God bless you [and] condolences to your family RIP Kyle."

Another added: "Can't believe this has happened; such a short life lived but lived to its best."

Kyle was a keen scooter rider who spent time at Darlington indoor skatepark which is operated by 4Motion.

It is understood plans for a fundraiser in his name are already afoot.

The company which runs the cattle mart, Darlington Farmers Auction Mart Limited, has previously secured planning permission to move the facility to a new location off the A1, but the project has yet to come to fruition.