Tree memorial for crash victims at National Arboretum

The parents of two boys killed in a car crash on the M6 have been representing bereaved families at a memorial service at the National Arboretum.

Amanda and Phil Peak attended a tree dedication service in memory of people killed on Midlands' motorways.

The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) has donated the tree for the Road Peace Wood at the arboretum.

Former Devon footballer Luke McCormick, 25, was jailed over the deaths of Arron Peak, 10, and Ben Peak, eight, in 2008.

The former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper admitted causing the deaths of the boys and driving with excess alcohol. The crash happened on the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 of the M6 in June 2008.

Image caption A memorial service is expected to be held annually at the site

The brothers and their father were travelling from their home in Partington, Manchester, to Silverstone racing circuit for a day out.

The CMPG chaplain, the Reverend Vic Baldwin, led the ceremony at the Road Peace Wood.

The CMPG sold charity tie pins to buy the tree which it said would be a living memorial at the site.

An annual memorial service is expected to be held each May for bereaved families and friends.

CMPG Patrol Manager Insp Mark Fullwood, of West Midlands Police, said: "Motorway officers have recognised the need for bereaved families to have a focal point that they can visit and reflect on the anniversaries of the deaths or birthdays of their loved ones.

"For safety reasons they cannot visit the collision scenes and the National Arboretum offers a beautiful environment as an alternative."

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