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The family of a teenage boy who was killed in a crash with a police car have paid tribute to their "cheeky chappie".
15-year-old Harry-James Kirkham was killed in the Erdington area of Birmingham on Wednesday morning.
The teenager was on foot, and was wheeling his bicycle across the road in front of the Potters House Christian Fellowship Church.
An ambulance arrived and took him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a critical condition. He died from his injuries the following day.
His family have released this statement:
“Harry-James was such a cheeky chappie, into all the things that all 15-year-olds do.
"He loved his Star Wars, James Bond and was extremely sporty.
"Harry-James had a huge heart and would be the first person to offer his help, always doing things for others. He was our 'big boy'.
"Although Harry-James's heart stopped at the scene of the accident, paramedics managed to re-start it. Sadly he passed away due to severe brain damage.
"We as a family are understandably devastated by this however we have comfort in knowing that he has donated his organs to continue to help others continue with life, something which we know he would have wanted.
"He had a huge amount of close friends as he had such a bubbly character, cracking jokes and loving life.
"Our angel has now grown his wings and is now looking down on us all.
"Maxjimi and Brodie, along with us, will be so sad without you Harry-James, you will always be in our hearts and heads, we will continue to include you in all that we do xxxx”
“We would like to add that there has been a “RIP Harry Kirkham page” on Facebook opened by a boy who he didn't know and had never met him. Unfortunately he has also set up a ‘fund me’ page.
"We, his parents, have now opened a page called ‘Remember Harry-James Kirkham’. This is for people who knew him to leave stories and memories they have shared together and post any photos they have of him.”
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced that it is investigating what happened and how the officer driving the car reacted.
Any witnesses are asked to call police on 0800 151 0021.
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