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Tributes held for Birmingham police car crash boy

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Image caption The teenager was hit by the car outside Erdington police station

More than 1,600 students and staff have held a minute's silence after a 15-year-old boy hit by a police car died.

Harry Kirkham, from Kingstanding, Birmingham, was struck outside a police station in Sutton New Road, Erdington, just after 21:00 GMT on Wednesday.

The Streetly Academy in Sutton Coldfield said the silence in memory of the former Year 11 student was held just before the solar eclipse.

It was "truly devastated to hear the sad news," a spokesman said.

Harry, his brother and another youngster had just left the Potter's House Church, near the police station.

The male officer, who was alone in the car, was on a routine patrol and not responding to an emergency call, police said.

He was questioned by detectives from the force's professional standards department.

A spokesman for the school said the silence, marking "the sad loss" of Harry, was "impeccably observed by every single one".

"Our thoughts go out to Harry's family and friends," the spokesman said.

"We will, of course, be offering support in school to any members of our school community affected by this tragic news."

A full investigation has been launched by West Midlands Police "to understand what happened".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has also been informed.

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