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Funeral of brothers killed in crash on Christmas Day

Adnan Habib, 10, and his four-year-old brother Arsalaan, will be laid to rest today. Photo: PA

The funeral of two brothers who died in a crash whilst making their way to Greater Manchester for a wedding will take place today.

Adnan Habib, 10, and Arsalaan, four, were killed when the car they were in crashed close to junction 15, near Stoke-on-Trent, on Christmas Day.

The two boys, who have been described by their family as "precious jewels", died alongside their 32-year-old aunt, Bushra Tazarib.

A funeral for Adnan and Arsalaan, from High Wycombe, will be held today, while the body of Bushra Tazarib will be transported to Pakistan.

The three bodies will first lie in rest at the Castlefield Centre, in High Wycombe where family and friends will pay their respects.

They will then be taken to the mosque for prayers before the bodies of the boys are taken to the cemetery for a private family funeral at around 2pm.

The family have asked the media to respect their privacy.

An inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned by North Staffordshire Coroner Ian Smith yesterday.

In a statement issued earlier, their family said: "Adnan and Arsalaan were our family's precious jewels, spreading joy wherever they went.

"They were happy and joyous boys who were a central part of the family, always smiling and bringing smiles to everyone they met."

Bushra Tazarib was described as "beloved", "helping" and supportive.

Two other women were travelling in the red Ford Focus, including the boys' mother, who was driving at the time of the crash, and were taken to hospital but discharged after treatment.

All five in the car were from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and had been travelling north on the M6 to attend a family wedding in Greater Manchester.

The incident closed the motorway in both directions for three hours from junction 14 at Stafford, to junction 15 at Stoke.

The CMPG's collision investigation unit is continuing to investigate what may have caused the crash, which is believed to involve one vehicle.