Devastated family of boy, 11, killed in Manchester hit-and-run pay heartbreaking tribute to 'loving and caring lad'

Taylor Schofield, was hit by the car on Albert Street in Beswick shortly after 6.10pm last night.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene and the boy was treated by paramedics. Taylor was taken to hospital but sadly he died as a result of his injuries.

Greater Manchester Police said the grey VW Golf – believed to be involved in the collision – left the scene but was found abandoned nearby.

A 31-year-old man later handed himself into police and has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Police have said he remains in custody for questioning.

In a statement, his heartbroken family said: "Taylor was a cheeky handsome lad who loved his mates, football and Man United. He was a very bright, intelligent, loving and caring kid – always smiling, making jokes."

They continued: “He’s going to be missed by everyone. He was taken too soon from us. Our angel always x x.”

Heartbroken friends also paid tribute to the young boy on social media.

One tribute read: "RIP Taylor, the cheekiest but also one of the politest lads in beswick! You will never be forgotten little man!"

One Twitter user wrote the dead boy "is best friends with our son…absolutely heartbreaking".

Well-wishers tied floral tributes to a lamppost in Albert Street.

One tribute read: "No words will describe how missed you will be little man x Rest in paradise x."

A black Manchester United away shirt was also tied to the post.

One neighbour said: "I didn't know the lad to talk to but he loved my dog and would always stroke him. You would see him every day at the shop on his bike. It's so tragic."

Police Constable Karl Horner, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts continue to be with Taylor’s family, I cannot imagine what they must be going through.

“Our specialist support officers have been with them today and we will continue to help them in whatever way we can.

“A 31-year-old man is still in custody and we are continuing our questioning. We will leave no stone un-turned in order to give Taylor’s family the answers they deserve.”

Anyone with information should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 1642 of 12/01/2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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