A mum whose three-year-old son was hit and killed by a tractor over the weekend has paid tribute to her ‘little sunshine boy’.
Albie Speakman died after being hit on farmland off Bentley Hall Road in Tottington on Saturday afternoon (July 16th). Paramedics rushed to the scene but sadly, the toddler could not be saved.
Police and the Health and Safety Executive are currently investigating the tragedy.
Paying tribute to Albie, his mum Leah said in a statement released by Greater Manchester Police yesterday: “Albie was an incredibly loving, affectionate and caring boy who just wanted everyone to be happy.
“He was so sensitive and wanted everyone to be ok, especially the people that he loved.
“His favourite memories are at Cleethorpes beach, with his bucket and spade and his ball. His happiest days were on that beach, we were so free and didn’t have any cares in the world.
“It was just me and Albie and nothing else mattered. Whenever I’d ask him what he wanted to do, he’d want to go on holiday to the beach again; that’s how I know he was truly happy there.
“I will miss absolutely everything about Albie, his voice, his smile, the smell of his skin and the feel of his little hands on my face when he would say ‘I love you mummy girl’.”
She went on to explain that she always calls him her ‘little sunshine boy’ because ‘he has brought so much light into my life and he is my little ray of sunshine’.
“I don’t want his life to end here, I need to carry on living for him and take him with me wherever I go. We still have so many more memories to make, Albie!
“I love him so much and I know he will find his way back to me someday, somehow, because we need each other. Until then I will look for him in everything I do and I will celebrate his life.
“I’m not sure how to carry on this life without you but I will find a way to be strong for you and make you proud.”
In a statement, Chief Inspector Ian Partington, of GMP’s Bury district, said: “This is a heart-breaking incident that has seen a young boy tragically lose his life and my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones who will be utterly devastated by today’s events.
“Despite his family flagging down an ambulance while driving him towards hospital quickly as they could, the boy sadly could not be saved after the best efforts of paramedics; I can’t imagine how distressing this was for those involved.
“We are working to ensure that a full investigation is carried out, and the farmland where we understand this incident to have occurred remains cordoned off to allow our investigators and partners from the HSE to conduct thorough enquiries to establish exactly what has occurred here.”
Cyclists could be made to have number plates and follow speed limits under new law
The law could also see cyclists require insurance in order to use their bikes on the road
Cyclists could soon be required to have registration number plates and observe speed limits in a new shake-up of road laws.
This means that, much like other road users, cyclists would be subject to penalty points and fines for speeding or running red lights.
According to reports, a governmental review into the country’s cycling laws is soon set to take place. This review will also look into whether or not cyclists should require insurance to use the roads.
Under current laws, cyclists are not required to have insurance in order to use their bikes on the roads, and therefore are not liable for any damage they may cause.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps told the Daily Mail that he backs changes to road laws to ensure cyclists are more accountable for their actions.
He said: “Somewhere where cyclists are actually not breaking the law is when they speed, and that cannot be right, so I absolutely propose extending speed limit restrictions to cyclists.
“I don’t want to stop people from getting on their bike, it’s a fantastic way to travel, and we’ve seen a big explosion of cycling during Covid and since.
“But I see no reason why cyclists should break the road laws and be able to get away with it.”
Road safety campaigner and solicitor Nick Freeman supported the law change, with him telling the publication: “This is something that needs to happen for everyone’s safety and Grant Shapps should be congratulated for eventually listening.”
This comes after Shapps announced a new dangerous driving law that will see cyclists be prosecuted in the same way as drivers in the event of pedestrian deaths.
The law change will close a legal loophole that means cyclists who kill pedestrians can only be jailed for two years.
Shapps said the newly proposed law is needed to ‘impress on cyclists the real harm they can cause when speed is combined with lack of care’.
He added that the law is aimed at the ‘selfish minority’ of cyclists who believe they are ‘immune’ to red lights.
Shapps’s proposal will see the new cycling law be added to the transport bill due to be put before parliament in the autumn.
Elon Musk says he’s ‘buying Manchester United’
The world’s richest man seemingly has his eyes set upon Old Trafford…
Elon Musk sent football fans into a frenzy last night after announcing his plans to purchase Manchester United.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO – who has a net worth of around £200 billion, making him the richest man in the world – submitted a bid in the region of £31 billion to buy Twitter back in April, though he is now attempting to exit the deal.
At the time, Manchester United fans urged Musk to instead splash his cash on their team amid fierce protests against the club’s current owners, the Glazer family.
And in the early hours of this morning (August 17th), Musk seemingly made those wishes come true by following up a joke about political parties in the US with the tweet: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome”.
While Musk is known for his tongue-in-cheek tweets, his announcement last night sparked excitement and speculation amongst Manchester United fans, who seemed to support the idea of the South African businessman running the club.
One United supporter replied: “You have absolutely no idea the sheer amount of hope you just have to a million fans worldwide. Please do buy us though.”
Another encouraged: “If you want a real challenge in life, it’s not putting people on Mars, it’s making @ManUTD successful again. Buy out the Glazers [and] with our 600m global followers you instantly become the most popular person in the world!”
A third made a joking reference to the peculiar name Musk chose for his son, writing: “At this point, I don’t care if you rename Old Trafford as ‘X Æ A-12 Musk Stadium’. Just buy the club.”
However, a couple of hours after his initial tweet, Musk backtracked on his claim, revealing to his 103.4 million followers that he was only joking.
Replying to a follower who asked if he was being serious, Musk wrote: “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.”
Though he later said if he were to buy a sports club, it would be Manchester United because ‘they were my fav [sic] team as a kid’.
Manchester United are currently bottom of the Premier League, for the first time since August 1992, after a humiliating 4-0 loss to Brentford on Saturday.
Cat owner receives threatening letter from neighbour over ‘abusive’ collar
The letter also threatened to report the owner for ‘animal abuse’
A cat owner has been forced to turn to the police after her neighbour posted an anonymous letter threatening to take her pet.
Beth German, twenty-one, started letting her six-month-old kitten Elton outdoors two weeks ago and, as a way to warn any birds and animals of his presence, attached a bell to his collar.
However, upon returning to her home in Hazel Grove yesterday (August 15th), Beth was greeted with an anonymous hand-written letter from one of her neighbours, who ordered her to remove the ‘abusive’ bell or face having her kitten ‘rehomed’.
The letter read: “Take the bell off the cat’s collar or I will rehome it and report you for animal abuse.”
An extra note scrawled on the back of the letter added: “You wouldn’t like it if I did it to you”.
Beth said she has an inkling as to which neighbour posted the letter, noting how she’s had issues with someone stealing her bins and ‘generally being awkward’ in the past.
Her Ring Doorbell also caught the culprit in the act and, while she couldn’t see their face clearly, she said it ‘looked very much like them.’
She told Proper Manchester: “I went straight to the neighbour we’ve had issues with before and she said it wasn’t her, but I’m not convinced.”
To ensure she wasn’t ‘abusing’ her cat with the collar, Beth decided to contact her vet, who reassured her of the safety of collars on kittens and ‘laughed at such a horrendous accusation’.
She also rang 101 to file a report under ‘malicious threats through the post’, with the police being confused as to why anyone would pen such a letter.
Beth explained: “The police have said to keep doing what I’m doing because I’m not doing anything wrong. They said if they do it again, they’ll come out and talk to them themselves.”
Despite the police’s support on the matter, however, Beth is now too worried to let Elton or her other kitten Etta outdoors out of fear they will be taken.
Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.