Tributes have been paid to a 14 year old boy found dead following reports someone had fallen from a bridge on the M62 near Rochdale.
Officers were called to junction 20 on Monday morning and discovered a 14-year-old boy who was pronounced dead at the scene. He's been named Ben Fitchett from Rochdale.
"Family and friends are shocked and devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of Benjamin Fitchett on the 19th August 2013. "Ben is the immensely loved son of Sarah and Peter, twin brother to Sam, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend to many, and the much loved boyfriend of Clarissa. "He was a popular pupil at Crompton House School, and was due to return into Year 10 shortly. He was a dedicated and hard working pupil who excelled at history, drama and art, and also recently did his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
"Ben was an active member of the Royton Explorer Scouts and had only just returned from an enjoyable and amazing holiday experience in Switzerland. He also volunteered helping the Beaver Scouts at 12th Shaw.
"He was also a talented percussionist who enjoyed the experience of playing alongside his proud father with the Championship Section Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band, and previously with the Oldham Music Centre.
– Family statement
"Ben was very much into his music and particularly enjoyed listening to the group All Time Low . "He will be fondly remembered for his fantastic sense of humour and his ability to make everyone smile. He touched the lives of so many people, leaving a positive lasting impression on those around him.
"His family and friends and the local community have been overwhelmed and comforted by the love, prayers and support from everybody."
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy died following reports someone had fallen from a motorway bridge.
Officers were called to the M62 eastbound near to junction 20 on Monday and discovered the body of a young man. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
He has now been identified as 14-year-old Ben Fitchett from Rochdale.
Police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.