/Save a seat in paradise tributes to teen killed in scrambler crash

Save a seat in paradise tributes to teen killed in scrambler crash

Tributes were today left at the scene where an 18-year-old man was killed after a crash between a stolen scrambler bike and a car.

James Malins was riding on the bike, with another 18-year-old man, who were said to be travelling in tandem with a second scrambler, on Booker Avenue in Allerton.

Witnesses said both scramblers didn’t have their lights on before it smashed into a VW Tiguan car, carrying two children, aged nine and 11.

The youngsters were not badly hurt following the 8.40pm incident on Monday.

The other person on the same scrambler bike as Mr Malins is still in hospital fighting for his life.

This afternoon, floral tributes built up at the scene, close to the junction with Brodie Avenue, to the teenager who was nicknamed “Fish Head.”

Messages had been scrawled on a plastic container on the pavement, which read, “Long live Jay!” and “One in a million!”

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One longer tribute, written on paper, said: “RIP my brother, love you so much, lad, can’t believe you’re gone, lad.

“Best kid about, going to miss you like mad, love from your brother buddy.”

Others described the 18-year-old as “one wheel Fish,” an apparent reference to his style of scrambler bike riding.

Another message read: “To my brother, Fish Head.

“I love you brother, gona{sic} miss smoking your gram Polly ones giving you sh** for it, ha ha, love you bro, will never forget you, love Cody x.”

Heart-shaped red balloons were also tied to nearby railings on the hill where West Allerton train station is located.

Tributes and messages left at scene where 18-year-old James Malins was killed in a scrambler bike smash
Tributes and messages left at scene where 18-year-old James Malins was killed in a scrambler bike smash
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Some friends urged “Fish” to “save a seat in paradise” and “look after the boys.”

Another wrote: “RIP Fish Head, brother gone too young.

“One in a million.”

In the last hour, Merseyside Police said they had seized two scrambler bikes and made four arrests following reports of anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving in Allerton and Garston earlier today.

James Malins, 18, who was killed in a crash between a motorbike and a car on Booker Avenue, Allerton, near West Allerton train station
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It is not yet known if this is linked to the death of Mr Malins.

A second scrambler, which police said was travelling in tandem with the other bike, initially stopped at the scene.

The rider than drove off towards Mather Avenue.

A pair of goggles left with tributes at the scene.
A pair of goggles left with tributes at the scene.
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Tributes and messages left at scene where 18-year-old James Malins was killed in a scrambler bike smash
Tributes and messages left at scene where 18-year-old James Malins was killed in a scrambler bike smash
(Image: LIVERPOOL ECHO)

Debris was seen in the middle of the road after the accident.

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

Part of Booker Avenue was closed while forensic examinations were carried out at the scene.

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Chief Inspector Kevin Chatterton, of Merseyside Police, 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.”                                                                                                      

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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