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Family pay tribute to ‘fun-loving’ Cheshire teenager killed in car crash

‘He truly loved life. Felix was fun-loving – a born entertainer, who was quick-witted and very funny’

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The family of a teenager who died in a car crash have paid tribute to their ‘fun-loving’ son, big brother and grandson. 

Felix John Davies, 19, has been named as the teenager who died in the crash on the A530 near Nantwich on April 9th. He was a passenger in a Ford Fiesta that ploughed into a tree at around 6.30pm.

Felix tragically died at the scene. His family described him as ‘fun-loving — a born entertainer, who was quick witted and very funny’, an ‘adored first child’ and ‘an idolised big brother’.

In a statement from Felix’s family, the full tribute said: “Our darling Felix was tragically taken on April 9th 2023. He was a much adored first child of Chris and Liane and an idolised big brother to Summer and Jenson.

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“He was born at Trafford General in Manchester in 2004 and moved to Whitchurch at three months old. Felix attended Prees Primary School and Thomas Adams Secondary School and was one of the Covid year kids at GCSE.

“After leaving school he went on to achieve an apprenticeship level qualification in Digital Marketing. Since then, he worked full time at The White Lion in Ash Magna.

“He loved people, and people loved him, and his natural effervescence ensured he was a firm favourite with the customers. Had a very promising career in hospitality and his love for the job quickly saw him promoted to Bar Supervisor, working towards an Assistant Manager role.

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“He truly loved life. Felix was fun-loving – a born entertainer, who was quick witted and very funny. He was very kind and caring and always looked after Summer.

“They were inseparable from the moment she was born. As a child, he loved acting and played key roles with Shawbury Players theatre group. He also enjoyed cookery after gaining a Distinction in the subject at GCSE.

“As a usual teenager he loved gaming, going out with friends and attending many parties. He truly made his family very proud, and we loved him deeply. He will be desperately missed by Liane, Chris and Victoria, Summer and Jenson, Grandad’s Paul and John, and all of his aunties, uncles and cousins.”

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A 20-year-old man, from Whitchurch, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been bailed pending further enquiries, Cheshire Police said.

Three other passengers in the car, an 18-year-old man, 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were rushed to hospital, but their injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Members of the public who witnessed the crash — which happened near Whitchurch Road towards Nantwich — are being urged to come forward. Officers particularly want to speak to anyone with dash cam or CCTV footage.

Witnesses are urged to contact Cheshire Police via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/ro/report/ quoting IML 1520280, or call 101.


Boy, 11, left in critical condition after being hit by police van

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A boy has been left in critical condition in hospital following an incident with a police van last night.

The 11-year-old was struck by a police van in Lancaster on Thursday night, May 25th, as the van was attending a call.

Lancashire Police say the vehicle was en route to an emergency call when the collision happened.

The boy was crossing Owen Road just before 8:30 pm when he was hit, and was transported to Royal Lancaster Infirmary in a critical condition.

A police spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this time.

“An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances that led to the collision.

“We have voluntarily referred this matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), as is standard with an incident of this nature.”

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The IOPC said in a statement: “We have declared an independent investigation into the actions of Lancashire Police prior to a road traffic collision in Owen Road, Lancaster at around 8.30pm tonight, in which a child has been injured.

“We understand that a marked police van, with its lights and sirens on, was in a collision with an 11-year-old boy.

“We were notified by the force shortly after the collision and declared an investigation at 10.37pm. IOPC investigators are heading to the scene and the police post incident procedure to begin gathering information.”

According to the IOPC, the investigation is in its early stages.

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Sam Smith cancels upcoming shows due to ‘vocal cord injury’ and tells fans ‘I’m so sorry’

‘Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all three dates; Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow’

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Sam Smith has cancelled their upcoming shows due to a vocal cord injury and issued a statement telling fans, ‘I’m so sorry’.

The singer had to call off their Gloria Tour show, mid-way through, at Manchester AO Arena last night (Wednesday May 24th) after experiencing ‘vocal issues’.

The lights went off and fans waited in darkness for a number of minutes as speculation circulated on social media, with many wondering if there had been a ‘power cut’.

Moments later, after just four songs, a packed-out arena was told the show unfortunately had to be called off.

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Afterwards, Sam, 31, issued a statement on their Instagram stories to tell fans — who had missed out on a ‘surprise’ that was supposed to be at the end of the show — how ‘sorry’ they were.

Today, Thursday May 25th, the ‘Unholy’ singer has issued another statement after calling off upcoming gigs.

On their Instagram stories, the star wrote: “Due to vocal issues during last night’s Manchester performance, regrettably we will be cancelling the rescheduled Birmingham and Glasgow Sam Smith shows.

“Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all three dates; Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

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“A spokesperson said ‘Doctors have advised due to a vocal cord injury, Sam must have complete vocal rest’.

“Sam is heartbroken to have had to cancel these shows but they have been told by doctors that if they keep singing, they will do permanent damage to their voice.

“If they take some rest they will be able to perform again. I’m so sorry.”

Sam already had to push back the Birmingham and Glasgow gigs after suffering from a virus several weeks ago.

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After calling off last night’s show at Manchester’s AO Arena, Sam wrote on their Instagram story: “Today in soundcheck I felt fine and was so excited to give Manchester an amazing show tonight, with a special surprise at the end.

“During my third song, I noticed something wrong with my voice. I prayed it was just my voice waking up for the show but into the fourth song I could feel something was really wrong.”

The pop singer added: “I came off stage and have tried everything to get my voice back in gear but it won’t.

“I am honestly heartbroken I couldn’t finish the show tonight for you all. I love you all. I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry.”

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Body found in river in search for missing 24-year-old woman

Shannon’s family have been informed

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A body has been found in a river in the search for a missing woman from Lancashire.

Police searching for Shannon Canning from Lancaster say they have found a body. The 24-year-old had been missing from home since the early hours of Friday May 19th.

A search operation was launched to find the young woman who did not turn up for work at Tipple bar on Friday afternoon. 

Public appeals for help were launched by her family and the police force, who said they were concerned for her welfare as the disappearance was out of character.

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Lancashire Police have confirmed the body of a woman was found in the River Lune near Halton on Wednesday afternoon, May 24th. Shannon’s family has been informed.

Patrols were increased during the week and specialist divers joined the search yesterday. Officers were called at around 4.20pm Wednesday afternoon when the discovery was made.

A statement from Lancashire Police said: “Sadly, officers searching for missing Shannon Canning have an update, following a body recovered from the River Lune.

“We can confirm that we were called today (May 24th) at around 4:20pm to a report that a body had been found in the River Lune, near Halton.

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“Specialist search teams have subsequently attended the area and can sadly confirm that the body of a woman has been recovered.

“Although formal identification has yet to take place, we believe the body to be that of missing Shannon Canning.

“Shannon’s family have been made aware of this sad development and our thoughts are with them at this upsetting time.”

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