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Family of teenager killed in police car crash pay tribute

Harry-James Kirkham Credit: BPM

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 family of Harry-James Kirkham
Harry-James Kirkham's family have paid tribute to him Credit: PA

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.


Police name man killed in Aston Expressway smash

The Expressway was closed while emergency crews attended the scene Credit: Twitter / @CMPG

A man who died in a head-on smash on the Aston Expressway on Monday has been named as Andi Patrascu.

Mr Patrascu, from Preston Road, Hockley, was killed when the silver Rover MG he was driving into Birmingham at 12.30pm veered out and went the wrong way up the A38, smashing into two cars.

The 43-year-old a Romanian who had been living in the UK for more than 30 years was taken to hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.

"It’s clear the Rover MG crossed the tidal flow lane and into traffic heading away from the city but we are still trying to understand why this happened.

"I am appealing for anyone in the area at the time of the collision, or before the crash in the Gravelly Hill interchange area, and who saw a silver Rover MG to contact us on the 101 number.

"Our condolences go to Mr Patrascu’s family and his friends."

– PC Stuart Thorpe

Two other drivers were taken to hospital to be treated for injuries and discharged.

Elderly man airlifted after falling into pub cellar

Paramedics treat an elderly man who fell into a pub cellar yesterday Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital after falling into a pub cellar in Burntwood.

It happened at 11.15am yesterday in the High Street in Chasetown.

Paramedics treat an elderly man who fell into a pub cellar yesterday Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

An ambulance and an air ambulance arrived at the scene to find that the man in his eighties was still conscious after having fallen two metres into the cellar.

Paramedics treated him for a head injury before airlifting him to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

He was airlifted to hospital Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service
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