TRIBUTES have been paid to a rugby player, who has played for teams across the region, following his death.

Charley Purkiss-McEndoo, 27, who spent four seasons at Darlington Mowden Park RFC before joining Harrogate RUFC, has been described as a "wonderful player, person and friend".

North Yorkshire Police were contacted by Yorkshire Ambulance Service at 9.15am Thursday, May 23, to report an industrial accident which had taken place in Kirby Knowle near Thirsk.

A spokeswoman said: "A 27-year-old man, who had been working as a tree surgeon, had sustained serious injuries.

"The injured man was taken by air ambulance to James Cook University Hospital where he sadly later died from his injuries.

"North Yorkshire Police are currently working alongside the Health and Safety Executive to determine the circumstances around the man’s death.

"However, police are in a position to confirm that his death is not being treated as suspicious."

A spokesperson for Mowden Park RFC said: "It is with great sadness that Darlington Mowden Park RFC announces the passing of Charley Purkiss-McEndoo.

"Charley spent four seasons with the club, having first joined DMP in 2012. He was a valued member of the Mowden Family throughout his time at the club, and his presence will be sorely missed.

"The club would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Charley’s family and friends and our friends at Harrogate RFC at this time." 

A spokesperson for Harrogate RUFC added: "It is with great regret that we announce the death of our much loved player, Charley Purkiss-McEndoo.

"Charley was a wonderful player, person and a friend to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this terrible time

"Charley's family would like to share some of his amazing moments wearing the Harrogate shirt and remember the talent, courage and passion he had for the game he loved so much.

"A truly wonderful person who was loved by everybody at the Club. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten."