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Funeral for police crash victim

Hayley Adamson funeral
Many of the mourners at Miss Adamson's funeral wore pink

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a Newcastle teenager who was hit and killed by a police car.

Hayley Adamson, 16, was struck by the marked Northumbria Police car, which was tracking another vehicle, as she crossed the city's Denton Road.

On Friday, dozens of cars formed a cortege for the drive from her home in Fenham to West Road Cemetery.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is conducting an investigation into the crash.

The funeral cortege left the family home in Cedar Road and made its way slowly to the cemetery via Scotswood.

Traffic wardens were on duty to make sure it passed unhindered through the city's West End.

Among those attending were fellow students from Sacred Heart School.

Speaking after her death, her family released a statement, which read: "Hayley was such a happy, bubbly person who was loved by so many people.

Hayley Adamson
Hayley Adamson had been about to sit her GCSE exams

"She cared so much for other people, particularly children, and wanted to get a job in childcare when she had finished her exams.

"The lovely tributes people have paid about Hayley show that she meant so much to so many people."

Miss Adamson was crossing the road with a group of friends late on 19 May, the night before she was due to sit her GCSE English exam, when she was hit by the police car.

Northumbria Police have confirmed that the officer who was driving the car has been suspended from his duties.

The IPCC is yet to establish if the patrol car's emergency blue lights and siren were in use at the time of the crash.


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