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Man arrested after Frank Sidebottom creator's son killed

Harry Sievey unveiling his dad's character's statue Photo: Manchester Evening News

A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal car crash killed the son of Frank Sidebottom creator Chris Sievey.

Tributes have been flooding in for musician Harry Sievey, who tragically passed away in hospital last night.

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The 24-year-old was critically injured in a collision with another cyclist and a Vauxhall Corsa on Mauldeth Road West at around 10.15pm on Sunday.

Harry, who was a musician and worked at Cooper Hall in Manchester, has been described by friends as a ‘beautiful creative ball of energy’.

Nick Kettle posted:

RIP mate I’ll always remember how sick you where on a skateboard when we where younger. And always a nice guy I don’t think I know anyone who has ever had a bad word to say about you.

– Nick Kettle

Chris Sievey died from cancer in 2010, and a bronze statue of his legendary comic character Frank Sidebottom - complete with his famous paper mache head - now stands in Timperley village in his memory.

Harry took part in the massive fundraising for the statue, including a performance with his band Mask at special night Frankfest.

At the time Harry told the Manchester Evening News that his dad had

Really put the little town of Timperley on the map. Now he’s gone it would be nice to have something still there that recognises that.

He was really happy with what he had done in his life but obviously he still had so much more to give. It’s nice to have the opportunity to keep giving for him, to keep adding to that legacy.

– Harry Sievey

Hundreds of messages have poured in after the tragic news of Harry’s death. Faye Catherine:

Harry, you made lots of people smile and laugh. Once or twice at my own expense. And most of all you were so blessed with talent. I feel for everyone, you will be greatly missed. Take it easy up there. Xx.

– Faye Catherine

Dan Poole said:

Rest in peace mate. Hope your having a beer with your dad, no doubt everyone will be raising a glass to you tonight x.

– Dan Poole

Mega gutted about the news regarding Harry Sievey. Big loss to friends, family and Timperley. #RIP.

– Phil Gardner

Former Timperley councillor Neil Taylor, chair of the Frank Sidebottom statue, says the news has come as a ‘huge shock’.

He paid tribute to the young man saying:

Harry had so much going for himself, talented and funny, thoughts are with family and friends. Taken from us far too young.

– Former Timperley councillor Neil Taylor

A blue Vauxhall Corsa was driving along Mauldeth Road in Withington shortly before 10.15pm on Monday 13th February when it was crashed with two cyclists near to the junction of Wellington Road.

One of the cyclists, a man in his 20s, died at the scene while another man in his 20s was taken to hospital with minor injuries.