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Families pay tribute to duo killed in car smash while being pursued by Manchester police

By Dean Wilkins

The families of two young Manchester men killed in car crash yesterday are paying tribute to them.

Jack Francis Christian, 22, Bury, and Lee James Perris, 23, Radcliffe, died when the Volkswagen Polo they were in overturned and collided with a tree on Bury Road, Radcliffe, near to the Newbank Garden Centre at around 3.30am.

Greater Manchester Police have suspended the officer who spotted the Polo speeding and followed in pursuit before the crash, but failed to fully catch up to the car.

Mr Perris leaves behind his mother Tracey, sisters Maxine and Samantha, half-brothers Joshua and Reece, nephews Finley and Spencer Lee and niece Gracie-Lou.

They said: “Lee loved football and was a massive Manchester United fan, he had a love of music and would often play his guitar.

“Lee was a sociable person who enjoyed socialising with his large circle of friends.

“He will be deeply missed.”

Mr Christian’s said: “Jack was a much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to everyone who knew him.

“He was kind hearted, loving and fun.

“He will leave a massive hole in our hearts and lives.”

An independent witness – a taxi driver –told police he was overtaken by the car, which was travelling at speed, moments earlier.

The driver and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Picture courtesy of Chris Tunny, with thanks

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