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Tributes to boy, 12, killed by bus in Wednesbury

Aston Soulsby Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Aston Soulsby, 12, was football mad and loved Aston Villa

Tributes have been paid to a "football-mad" 12-year-old schoolboy who died after being hit by a bus.

Aston Soulsby was crossing Crankhall Lane in Wednesbury, West Midlands, when he was hit by a single-decker bus just before 16:00 GMT on 1 November.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries but died on 8 November. Crash investigations are continuing.

A police spokesman said the driver of the bus involved is helping with inquiries.

His family paid tribute to their "brave" son, who "lived each day with a cheeky smile and a sensitive heart".

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'Courage'

"He fought like a lion till the end and we are so proud of him for showing such courage. Aston has left us all with so many fond memories that we will treasure forever," his parents said.

Mike Smith, associate head teacher at The Phoenix Collegiate in West Bromwich where Aston was a pupil, said the school was "deeply saddened".

"He was a talented, hard-working and caring student who had many friends at Phoenix," Mr Smith said.

"He was football mad, always talking about his beloved Aston Villa and a massive England fan."

A fund for Birmingham Children's Hospital has been set up in his memory.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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