A TEN-year-old boy's passion for pipes and construction has won him his own hard hat from workers carrying out repairs in his street.

When Kian Hale, of Ferryhill, spotted a team of construction workers digging up the road outside his house he began quizzing them about what they were doing and why.

The Cleves Cross Primary School student became such a regular during the year long project works that he was presented with his own hard hat and construction related Lego set by the team.

He produced countless drawings of the project and even a model of Fastflow Pipeline Services at work, which won him third place in a school Easter Egg competition.

He said: "The last thing I think about at night and the first thing I think about in the morning is diggers and pipes. This is what I want to do when I grow up. I’d love to work for Fastflow. The lads have all been great."

Kian's father, Steven Hale, added: “It’s fair to say he’s obsessed with diggers. So, when Fastflow turned up that was it. We couldn’t keep him away.”

Fastflow Pipeline Services replaced 10.5km of water main in the £1.5 million project.