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Tributes paid to women who died after being hit by car at hospital

Deborah Clifton and Claire Haslam Credit: GMP/Family

Tributes have been paid to the two women who died after being hit by a car at Withington Hospital in Manchester on Tuesday afternoon.

44 year old Claire Haslam and Deborah Clifton,who was 49, both of Thorneycroft Avenue in Chorlton were taken to hospital, but both died shortly afterwards.

Officers were called to reports of a serious collision between Ford Focus car and a number of pedestrians in a car park at Withington Hospital just after 2 pm.

An 89-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing two deaths by dangerous driving. He has been bailed until 18 April 2017.

Clare and Debbie were like an old married couple, they would fight like cat and dog, bicker at the slightest thing but ultimately they were made for each other, so blissfully happy and without doubt soulmates.

Clare was popular and well-liked by many, she was so full of life, but as a young lady she was really lacking in self-confidence until she met Debbie. Her and Debbie became inseparable and did practically everything together including raising their adorable little girl.

Debbie would have been celebrating her 50th birthday this May and was so excited about the news of a new grandchild on the way.

Debbie comes from a large loving family who will miss her very much. Clare was a much loved daughter, sister and auntie.

We are all so heartbroken and will miss Debbie and Clare every day for the rest of our lives.

They are together in heaven as they were on earth

– Family tribute
Credit: Press Association

My thoughts are with the families of Clare and Debbie, I cannot begin to imagine what they are going through.

Our investigation is now underway and I would like to thank the public who have been incredibly helpful. We are now doing all that we can to piece together how this tragedy could have happened.

– Sergeant Lee Westhead, GMP


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