THE nine-year-old girl who was killed after being hit by a bus has been named locally as Caitlin Hunt, a pupil at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School.

The incident occurred last night on Moredon Road, outside the Blair Parade shortly before 6pm.

No-one has been arrested and police say this is likely to remain the case.

Paramedics and police officers attended the incident but the girl, from Swindon, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement released by Rodbourne Cheney Primary School read: "It was with great regret and sadness that we heard of the tragic death of one of our pupils, Caitlin Hunt, last night.

"Caitlin was a vibrant and passionate learner at Rodbourne Cheney Primary School and her lack of presence in the future will be noticeable.

"She was a popular girl, loved by teachers, the pupils, but especially by her classmates. It is hard to imagine the terrible sense of loss and tragedy which is being felt by Caitlin's family at this time and our deepest sympathies are with them."

Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: "We are fully cooperating with current police investigations however our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

"We are also supporting our driver and the team who have been affected by this accident."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Pete Williamson of the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) on 101.

Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.