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Families of teens killed during police pursuit in Essex pay tribute

Reigan Knight (left) and Liam Phillips (right). Credit: Essex Police

The families of two teenagers who died after their car crashed while being pursued by police in Essex have paid tribute to them.

17-year-olds Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips were both killed when the Ford Escort they were passengers in crashed in Leigh-on-Sea last Tuesday (27 December).

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the incident.

I cannot begin to describe the agonising pain and heartbreak we are experiencing now. There are no words to describe it.

The thought of going through life without you is unbearable. You were such a kind, charming, loving, confident, handsome, well-mannered young man who was such a character.

You had your whole life ahead of you. You are an amazing son who had so much potential and so much love.

You are loved by everyone and words cannot describe enough the beautiful boy you are. We all have memories of you that we will treasure forever.

Life will never be the same and we will miss you forever. Watch over us sweetie. xxxxx

– Family of Reigan Knight

The family of Liam Phillips also released a statement in which they said that Liam will be "dearly missed."

"Liam will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him," they said.

"We have lost a loving son, brother and a friend to so many. There is now a space in our family that can never be filled."

A 16 year-old boy from Great Wakering has been charged in connection with the incident, while a 17 year-old boy from Shoebury has been released on bail.