Essex

Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips deaths: Teen given four-year sentence

Liam Phillips (left) and Reigan Knight Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Liam Phillips (left) and Reigan Knight (right) died in a car crash in Leigh-on-Sea two days after last Christmas

A 16-year-old has been sentenced to four years in custody for causing the deaths of two teenagers by dangerous driving during a police pursuit.

Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips, both 17, died when the Ford Escort they were passengers in crashed in Leigh-on-Sea last December.

A boy from Great Wakering, who cannot be named, admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also banned from driving for four years at Chelmsford Crown Court.

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Other charges of driving without a licence and insurance will lie on file, the court was told.

Image caption Candles were lit in memory of the boys at a vigil on the beach

After sentencing Det Insp Scott Egerton speaking said: "They (Reigan Knight and Liam Phillips) were passengers in the car and had no control over the events that led to their tragic deaths.

"The driver of this car has pleaded guilty; he drove dangerously without a licence or insurance in a car he had bought and he caused their deaths.

"He has to live with this for the rest of his life, but so do the families of Reigan and Liam."

In the wake of the deaths about 300 people attended a candlelit beach vigil for the two boys.

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