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Bilal Khizar 'a dream to teach' says teacher

Bilal Raffey Khizar
Image caption Bilal was crossing the road when he was killed

A 12-year-old boy who died after being hit by a car that was being pursued by police was a "dream to teach", one of his teachers has said.

Bilal Khizar was on a crossing near Asda on Rooley Lane in Bradford when he was hit by the vehicle on Saturday.

The crash happened as the car was driven off at speed after being stopped, said West Yorkshire Police.

Detectives have been given more time to question a 21-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman over the boy's death.

'Good kid'

Andrew Sutcliffe, a PE teacher at Bradford Academy where Bilal was a pupil, said it was a difficult time for both staff and pupils.

Mr Sutcliffe said: "He was a superb kid, an absolute dream to teach. He loved his cricket and he loved his football, he'll really be missed.

"He was always smiling, always joking, he was a really good kid."

The executive principal of Bradford Academy, Gareth Dawkins, said pupils paid tribute to their friend Bilal, describing him as a "cheeky chappy" with a "great sense of humour".

Mr Dawkins added: "They said he was always gentle and always happy. He had lots of energy and an amazing smile. He's a young man who got full value from this school and also gave a lot back."

Flowers and bunting

Mr Sutcliffe said everyone at the school would be affected by Bilal's death.

He said: "It's really difficult, it's a time of mourning for all of us and we've got to pull together both as a community and as a school.

"We've got to be there for the kids in the school and our thoughts are with the family.

"We'll answer the children's questions and support them in any way we can."

The car, a red Seat Ibiza, was later recovered in Wyke.

Relatives and friends of Bilal left flowers and bunting at the crossing on Sunday morning.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had started an investigation into the actions of the officers, who stopped the car in a lay-by.

An IPCC spokesman said it would examine the stopping of the Seat, the interaction between officers and the people in the car and the following attempted police pursuit.

Following the incident, the Seat was involved in another collision with two vehicles, on the Chain Bar roundabout for the M606.

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