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Tributes paid to teenager who died after being hit by a tram in Oldham

William Cooke was undertaking an apprenticeship. Credit: MEN Media

The family of a teenager who died after being hit by a tram have said their lives 'will never be the same again'.

William John Cooke, 19, was fatally injured near Shaw and Crompton Metrolink stop in Oldham, Greater Manchester, just before 6am on Friday morning (January 17).

Paramedics fought to save him, but Mr Cooke was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Cooke was undertaking an apprenticeship at Makin Metal Powders in Rochdale.

In a statement the Cooke family said 'life will never be the same again'.

William John Cooke. Credit: MEN Media

He was the best big brother James, Callum and Alicia could ask for and was adored by his grandparents, aunties, uncles and many cousins.

William went to Rushcroft Primary School until year 4 and then moved to Crompton Primary School. "He attended Royton and Crompton Secondary school where he gained his GCSEs and made many friends.

He then attended Hopwood Hall College at the Middleton campus where he excelled himself and was awarded a Further Education award in 2017 for Mechanical Engineering Progress.

He worked at McDonald's before gaining an apprenticeship at Makin Metal Powders in Rochdale. He loved his jobs and his colleagues.

After turning 18, he loved to go out at the weekend with his many friends, who cared for him deeply. His main hobbies were gaming and collecting watches.

In July last year he went to Cancun, Mexico, with his partner Jordan. He loved the whole holiday, but a highlight for them was swimming with the dolphins.

Life will never be the same, he’s been taken far too soon. Our baby boy was loved by so many and never failed to brighten a room with his smile and charm.

No words will ever express how we feel - heartbroken and empty.

Spread your wings son and light the sky with your smile, forever in our hearts and never to be forgotten. Good night, sleep tight our son."

– Cooke family statement
Tributes have been left at the tram stop where William Cooke died. Credit: MEN Media

Flowers, cards, signs, candles and letters were left at the Metrolink stop in the days after the tragedy.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating how Mr Cooke came to be on the tram tracks but said his death was being treated as non-suspicious. The incident has been referred to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.