THE families of two teenagers killed in a car crash outside a school in Ellesmere Port have paid tribute to them.

Craig Boulton (right), 18, of Deerwood Crescent in Little Sutton died at the scene of the crash in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Three others from the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Matthew Peter Jones (below), 16, of Acre Road Little Sutton, died the following day, at 3pm on Sunday, at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The crash happened around 3.38am on Saturday when a Vauxhall Cavalier containing the four smashed into a brick wall outside Whitby High School.

Police said no other vehicles appear to have been involved in the crash.

The family of Matthew Jones said: "Matty is dearly loved by all of us. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten by everyone that knew him. Once met, never forgotten. God Bless.

"All the family would like to thank the emergency services, accident and emergency staff and ICU staff for all that they did."

In a separate statement Craig Boulton's family said: "Craig was our loving son, He was brother to Justin, Lee and Steven, boyfriend to Janine and best friend to Scott.

"We are all heartbroken. "He was born on January 19, 1987 to Pauline and Rob, the fourth of our four children. He was a lovely child and well liked at school and had lots of friends.

"He loved all kinds of sports, in particular football and swimming. He swam for Ellesmere Port Swimming Club until the age of 14, winning many medals and travelling to competitions in the north west.

"He started playing football from the age of seven first for Little Sutton Rangers and then for Vauxhall Motors, winning player of the year four times.

"He worked as a electrician's mate and we hoped he would go on to become an electrician.

"Craig was all you could wish for in a son. He had a great sense of humour, always raised a smile and was always ready to give his mum and dad a hug. He was tragically taken from us on July 30. We think he was just getting a lift home. We still cannot understand why our son will never come home again."

A spokesman said police were still appealing for witnesses, including three people seen near the crash during the early hours of Saturday.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "Three males were seen near Overpool Road at the time that the vehicle was approaching. Police would like to speak to these three males as they may have witnessed the events leading up to the collision.

Anyone with information about these three males, or about the crash, is asked to contact Sgt Blair Wilson at the Specialist Investigation Unit on 01244 613168.