Boy, 14, killed after crashing ‘stolen’ car in Wigan police chase pictured as heartbroken relatives pay tribute to ‘bright and beautiful Leo’

Boy, 14, killed after crashing ‘stolen’ car in Wigan police chase pictured as heartbroken relatives pay tribute to ‘bright and beautiful Leo’

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THE teenage boy killed in a crash during a police chase has been named as heartbroken relatives pay tribute to the lad.

Leo Gradwell, 14, died on Friday afternoon after reportedly being behind the wheel of a car cops believed to be stolen.

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The teenage boy who died in a police chase crash has been named locally as Leo Gradwell[/caption]

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The spot where he died has been market with balloons, flowers and notes[/caption]

Pictures of Leo, balloons and flowers have been left at the spot where he crashed in Golborne, near Wigan, Greater Manchester.

The Manchester Evening News reports one note said: “Leo I love you so much. I’ll always think of you and you’ll never be forgotten. Lots of love your baby sister Casey Moo.”

And another pal wrote on social media: “Yesterday and last night honestly was the hardest.

“To wake up at 4.20 to check my phone for any news and to see leos passed just an hour before was literally the worst pain I could of ever felt, not only did he help me through everything but he was the strongest most kindhearted lad I ever knew.


“Still can’t wrap my head around what’s happened, all this from some silly mistake they made, seeing him the way he was broke my heart, cannot imagine what his family are going through.

“My heart really does go out to his family.”

Cops had tried to stop a Fiat 500 with three youths inside which they believed was stolen in Golborne, between Warrington and Wigan.

After a short chase the motor crashed into two others.

The driver died and his passengers, aged 14 and 15, were taken to hospital.


The older boy is understood to be in a critical but stable condition.

Sergeant Jon McColl, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “First and foremost, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the boy who passed away this morning.

“The serious collision investigation unit is continuing with inquiries so that the full circumstances surrounding the collision can be established.”

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

A statement said: “We have made initial contact with the boy’s family to explain our involvement and express our condolences.

“Anyone who witnessed events leading up to the collision is asked to contact the IOPC on 0800 096 9070 or email: [email protected]

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His sister wrote a heartbreaking note on a heart balloon[/caption]

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