The mother of a three-year-old boy killed in a farm tractor collision has said it was “repairably broken”.
lbie Speakman sustained fatal injuries on farmland off Bentley Hall Road in the Tottington area of Bury, Greater Manchester, at around 12.45pm on Saturday 16 July.
His family were in a vehicle taking the child to the hospital before stopping a passing ambulance, but the boy died before he arrived.
The driver of the tractor, who is said to have known the child, is helping the police with their investigation.
Officials said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Albie’s mother Leah described her son as her “little sunshine”.
She said: “Albie was an incredibly loving, loving and caring boy who just wanted everyone to be happy.
“He was so sensitive and wanted everyone to be okay, especially the people he loved.
“He loved to play, whether it was with his family or friends at kindergarten. He was always looking for little round things – rocks, styrofoam balls, bouncy balls, beads – I’m not sure why, but he just loved round things, he just held onto them.
“His fondest memories are on the beach at Cleethorpes, with his bucket and spade and his ball. His happiest days were on that beach. We were so free and had no worries in the world. It was just me and Albie and nothing else mattered.
“Whenever I asked him what he wanted to do, he wanted to go on holiday to the sea again. So I know he was really happy there.
“We all love Albie so much more than we can ever put into words, especially his nan and his ‘nanny-nanny’ as he used to call her.
“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 says ‘I love you mommy girl’.
“I will especially miss going on adventures with Albie anywhere and everywhere we can have fun. Nothing will ever fill the hole he left in our hearts.
“We are broken beyond repair.
“I always call him my little sunshine boy because he has brought so much light into my life and he is my little sunshine and I don’t want his life to end here.
“I have to keep living for him and take him everywhere. We have so many more memories ahead of us, Albie.
“I love him so much and I know that one day he will find his way back to me somehow because we need each other.
“Until then, I will look for him in everything I do and celebrate his life.
“I’m not sure how I’m going to move on with this life without you, but I will find a way to be strong for you and make you proud.”
A joint police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inquiry is underway and special officers from the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are supporting Albie’s family.
Chief Inspector Ian Partington, from GMP’s Bury district, said: “Although his family stopped an ambulance while they rushed him to hospital, despite the best efforts of paramedics, the boy unfortunately could not be saved. I can’t imagine how stressful that was for everyone involved.
“We are working to ensure a full investigation is carried out and the farmland where we know this incident occurred remains cordoned off to allow our investigators and partners from the HSE to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly what.” happened here.”
A police car was involved in a minor crash with another vehicle in Bell Lane while officers attended the first call from the North West Ambulance Service.
The occupants of the second vehicle were taken to the hospital as a precaution.
The officer in the police car was unharmed.
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