Boy, 17, dies in Oldham police pursuit crash

Waqar Alyas and his nephew Abu Abu Baker
Image caption Waqar Alyas was very close to his family and his friends

A teenage boy has died in a car crash while being pursued by police in Greater Manchester.

Waqar Alyas' Ford Focus crashed into a tree and caught fire as he was chased for speeding in Springwood Way, Ashton at about 0145 BST.

A police officer pulled the 17-year-old out of the burning car but he died a short time later.

The crash has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Greater Manchester Police have also suspended the driver of the police car from driving duties.

The victim's brother Zahid paid tribute on behalf of the family: "Waqar was a very intelligent, kind and considerate young man.

"He was about to study his A levels and had ambitions to be a dentist. He was very focused and ambitious.

"He was a keen footballer and was a Liverpool fan and was very close to his family. He will be missed by us and friends."

A post-mortem examination to establish the cause of death is due to take place on Saturday.

The coroner has been informed.

"In line with procedure, the driver of the police car was suspended from driving duties," said a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesperson.

"The matter is being referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission by the Professional Standards Branch of GMP."

A section of Ashton Road was closed for investigations but has since reopened.

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