/Teenager killed in scrambler bike crash named as tributes mount

Teenager killed in scrambler bike crash named as tributes mount

A teenager killed in a crash between a stolen scrambler bike and a car has been named.

James Malins, 18, was named locally as the teenager on the bike with a fellow rider when it collided with a Volkswagen Tiguan on Booker Avenue, Allerton , close to West Allerton train station, at 8.40pm yesterday.

The other rider, also 18, sustained serious injuries in the incident.

A group of young people have today gathered at the scene of the crash, where flowers and sympathy cards have been laid.

Tributes to James, who was nicknamed ‘Fish’, on social media included: “Never forgot u brudda never had bad bone in ur body love u forever lad.”

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Another said: “Rest in peace brudda, one of the realist cant get me head round it that ur gone man memories will always be here rkid.”

Merseyside Police said the suspected stolen motorcycle is believed to have been travelling in tandem along Booker Avenue with another scrambler, neither of which had their lights on, when the crash occurred.

The Tiguan car had two children, aged nine and 11, on board although they are not understood to have suffered serious injuries.

A police spokeswoman said: “Witnesses have reported that neither of the bikes had any lights on. The second bike stopped initially and then made off towards Mather Avenue.”

House-to-house enquiries are being carried out and CCTV opportunities are also being explored.

A floral tribute on Booker Avenue, Allerton, after an 18-year-old man was killed in a scrambler bike crash

Chief Inspector Kevin Chatterton, said: “Our enquiries into this incident are at an early stage and we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision, or saw the two scrambler bikes prior to the collision at around 8.40pm.”

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Anyone with information in relation to this incident can direct message @MerpolCC, or call 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting reference number 860 of 23 December.

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