Albie Speakman's parents pay tribute after three-year-old dies in tractor crash in Bury

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The parents of a three-year-old boy killed in a collision with a tractor on a farm in Bury have paid tribute to him.

Albie Speakman died in the tragedy in the Tottington area on Saturday afternoon.

His mother, Leah, has described him as her "little sunshine boy".

"Albie was an incredibly loving, affectionate and caring boy who just wanted everyone to be happy," she said.

"He was so sensitive and wanted everyone to be OK, especially the people that he loved."

Albie's father, Neil Speakman, told Sky News he was "his best friend".

"No mum or dad should have to ever go through this," he said.

Police were called after Albie's family flagged a passing ambulance to stop while trying to drive him to hospital.

Mr Speakman told Sky News: "I put him straight into our car and rushed him to hospital and flagged down two ambulances around half a mile from the hospital, whilst on the phone to the ambulance service."

He was pronounced dead by paramedics before he could be taken to hospital, having suffered critical injuries.

Officers are continuing to investigate alongside the Health and Safety Executive.

Mr Speakman added: "My memories will always be of the happiest little boy in the world, who loved playing football and going to the seaside.

"He was in love with his new baby sister Willow, all you ever heard for the last three months, is 'where's my baby sister and can I hold her'."

'He was taken so soon'

Mr Speakman said the pain of losing his son "will never go", as he revealed a family holiday to Morocco in September had only recently been booked.

"He loved holiday and this would have been his first on a plane," he said.

"He was taken so soon," he added, "and I'll never get to teach him to drive or buy him a pint! He was a credit to me and his mum, Leah. I'll miss you, mate."

The tribute from Albie's mother continued: "His favourite memories are at Cleethorpes beach, with his bucket and spade and his ball. His happiest days were on that beach, we were so free and didn't have any cares in the world.

"It was just me and Albie and nothing else mattered. Whenever I'd ask him what he wanted to do, he'd want to go on holiday to the beach again; that's how I know he was truly happy there."

'I will make you proud'

"We all love Albie so much more than we can ever put into words - especially his Nan and his 'Nanny-Nanny', as he would always call her," the tribute added.

"I always call him my little sunshine boy because he has brought so much light into my life and he is my little ray of sunshine, and I don't want his life to end here, I need to carry on living for him and take him with me wherever I go. We still have so many more memories to make, Albie!

"I love him so much and I know he will find his way back to me someday, somehow, because we need each other. Until then I will look for him in everything I do and I will celebrate his life.

"I'm not sure how to carry on this life without you but I will find a way to be strong for you and make you proud."

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