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Walk of grief

Reporter: Robbie Gill
Date online: 19 December 2013

A DEVASTATED mum has paid tribute to her “beautiful angel princess” as a petition to alter the zebra crossing in Shaw where 12-year-old Annalise Holt died, reached 4,500 signatures.

Annalise’s mother, Lesley, joined family members at the scene of Tuesday afternoon’s tragedy to place flowers with the growing collection of tributes. They were joined yesterday by police officers as they crossed the zebra crossing at which Annalise died and another 11-year-old girl, who has not been named, was injured when they were struck by a van.

The injured girl is being treated at the Royal Oldham Hospital where she is in a stable condition.

Lesley said: “Annalise was full of joy and energy, loud and outgoing. She was a kind 12-year-old girl, always willing to help others, old and young.

“She is the light of my life, my whole world. I love her more than words can say. She was everything to me.”

Classmates from Annalise’s school were informed of the tragic news in an assembly yesterday morning. Her headteacher, Kevin O’Hagan, described her as a bright student who led by example, and paid his respects to her grieving family.

He said: “Everyone at Royton and Crompton School was saddened. Annalise was a very intelligent student who was making excellent progress.

“She was a model student who set an example for others in all aspects of school life. She will be sadly missed by all staff and pupils. Our thoughts and condolences are with Annalise’s family and friends.”

Pupils from the school laid flowers in her memory at the crossing.

Council leader Councillor Jim McMahon has confirmed that a full review will be held into the safety of the crossing.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4742.

THE driver of the van involved in Tuesday’s tragedy works for Shaw firm Dawson Precision Components.
The engineering firm, based on Greenfield Lane, cannot reveal the name of the driver.

Managing director Simon Dawson gave his condolences to the family and said he was unable to comment further.

He said: “All the staff at DPC are deeply upset and saddened by the accident and wish to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the girl who tragically died. Our sympathies also go to the girl who was injured and to her family.”

The police investigation is continuing.


Terrible, horrible loss and devastating for everyone affected. I am struggling to understand why a petition will have more gravitas with the Council than the fact a child has died?

I worked in Shaw from 1974 and even then this was a crossing that needed upgrading because of potential accidents and traffic pulling out of Linney Lane & Salts St etc etc.
So OMBC Pelican Crossing needed NOW not in years to come ! !

That Crossing is a Nightmare at the best of times. Iv`e nearly slipped up myself at time. It needs better planning and signing .


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