First picture of crash tragedy boys

THESE are the smiling faces of two school boys killed in a horror car smash last weekend, described by loved ones as "two shining lights."

Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 4:24 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 6:49 pm

The family of Joshua and Leon Taylor said their lives "will never be the same again" following their deaths in the crash in Buttermilk Lane, Shuttlewood, near Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon.

A statement from them said today: "The immediate and extended family is absolutely devastated by the loss of two beautiful, lively, articulate little boys.

"They were mad about football. They brought great joy to all of us.

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"They were two shining lights that have been taken away from us. Our lives will never be the same again."

For more on this story, see tomorrow's Star.

The brothers died when the Renault Megane they were travelling in collided with a Ford Sierra outside the Coalite factory at around 3.15pm.

Three men travelling in the Sierra - brothers Kenneth and Martin Jones, aged 25 and 22, and 21-year-old Andrew Darnell, all from Bolsover - were also killed.

Joshua and Leon's mum, named by neighbours as Pam, who was driving the Megane, survived the crash, along with her 13-year-old nephew.

Derbyshire police say one line of inquiry they are following is that the Sierra may have been involved in a race with a trials-type motorcycle.

A 17-year-old motorcyclist arrested on Saturday evening and questioned by officers has been released on police bail while further inquiries are made.

BOOK OF CONDOLENCE: If you would like to pay tribute to Joshua and Leon click here.

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