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Tearful Helsby High students gather to remember 'our beautiful angel'

Helsby High School reopens to allow friends and teachers to remember popular young student 

Grief-stricken young people made a pilgrimage to their school where they consoled each other after laying flowers in tribute to a popular fellow student described as ‘beautiful – inside and out’.

Alexandra Tattersall, aged just 16, a sixth former at Helsby High School , died on Friday after being fatally injured while a passenger in a blue Volkswagen Polo that was involved in a collision with a red Nissan Micra on Manley Road, near Helsby , at about 4.20pm last Wednesday (December 16).

Friends of Alex Tattersall gathered in the school hall at Helsby High School where they placed floral tributes and signed a book of condolence

Such was the level of devastation that Helsby High, which broke up for Christmas on Friday, decided to reopen this morning (December 21) to allow friends and staff to pay their respects by signing a book of condolence and laying flowers in the school hall.

Many young people had battled the elements to walk along Chester Road clutching their bouquets.

Several boys and girls hugged each other and were visibly overcome with emotion as were some teachers who struggled with the sad occasion. Headteacher John Dowler was on hand to offer support along with PCSOs who work closely with the school.

John Dowler, headteacher at Helsby High School

Alex was a passenger in a VW Polo driven by a 22-year-old woman when the accident happened not far from her Manley home .

Both were taken by ambulance to Liverpool’s Aintree Hospital where the teenager was described as being in a critical condition and tragically lost her fight for survival just two days later.

A 72-year-old woman, a passenger in the Micra, was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital with serious injuries following the accident. The 70-year-old male driver of the Micra and a second passenger, an 11-year-old girl, were taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with minor injuries.

The tragic accident occurred to the south of the junction of Manley Road and New Pale Road, near Helsby, on Wednesday December 16, 2015.

Alex is believed to have lived with her mum Debbie, a teaching assistant at Manley Village School and is understood to have two sisters. The victim's family were too upset to comment when The Chronicle called.

Among the floral tributes initially left by the school gate was one which read: “To a beautiful person, inside and out. You were such a lovely girl and brought joy to everyone in your life. You were the brightest star in the sky and will undoubtedly be missed.”

Michaela wrote on a card: “Alex, our beautiful angel. I will love you forever and I will always remember our amazing times together. I love you.”

Lisa paid this tribute: “My darling Alex. I love you so much. You’re so beautiful and clever. It always happens to the wrong people. Words can’t describe how much I love you. Shine bright my beautiful angel. You’ll always be in my heart.”

Joe wrote: “Miss you so much already. Love you always.”

Five ambulances and two rapid response vehicles attended the scene of the collision along with fire crews from Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes. The junction remained closed until 10pm on Wednesday. With serious collisions it is usual for police to carry out an accident investigation at the scene in the immediate aftermath.

Anyone with any information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 636 of December 16.



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