A TEENAGER fatally injured when he fell through a cattle market roof had "the ability to put a smile on anyone's face", his headteacher has said.

Kyle Hull died on Sunday (April 12), after being injured at Darlington Auction Mart several days earlier.

The 15-year-old was a pupil at the Stephenson Centre, part of the Education Village, in Darlington.

Stephenson Centre head Adrian Lynch said: "The pupils and staff at the centre are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Kyle.

"He had such a huge presence within our centre; his loss leaves a void which will never be filled.

"Kyle was an extremely popular young man; he has many friends.

"He was a superb role model, with the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face with his fabulous and cheeky sense of humour.

"He had a beautiful, caring nature and showed compassion towards others less fortunate than himself.

"Pupils and staff will remember Kyle for his bright shining character and practical jokes.

"He has left a hole in many hearts, although he has left a lot of wonderful memories that will forever make people smile.

"Kyle had a strong sense of family; often talking about his love and respect for his mum, he was a real credit to them.

"Our thoughts are with Kyle’s mum and family during this very sad time."

St Columba's Church, in Clifton Road, close to the mart, will be open from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday (May 15), for anyone wanting some space for quiet reflection following Kyle's death.

Meanwhile, tickets are selling well for a fundraiser being held in Kyle's name at 4Motion skate park, in Darlington, on Friday.

Kyle's friends Jordan Hopps and Callum Hepper had the idea for the event, with proceeds to be split between the teenager's family and the Children's Trust.

Tickets cost £5 and are avialable from Emma Jaye, on 07738-857-519 or at 4 Paddock Lane, Darlington DL2 2BU.