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Oldham 'hit-and-run' death crash: Police given more time to quiz four

Family handout showing victims Helina Kotlarova, 12, and Zaneta Krokova, 11 Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Helina Kotlarova (left) and her 11-year-old cousin Zaneta Krokova were killed in the collision

Police have been given more time to question four men held over an apparent hit-and-run crash in Oldham on New Year's Eve in which two cousins died.

Zaneta Krokova, 11, and Helina Kotlarova, 12, who were "holding hands" as they crossed the road, died after the crash on Ashton Road.

Four men, aged 59, 48, 38 and 18, remain in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A fifth man, aged 23, has been de-arrested, police said.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said he was initially arrested for the same offence but was now assisting police with enquiries.

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Image caption Police want more information about the car involved in the crash

Greater Manchester Police said it had identified the car involved in the collision as a Blue Peugeot 807.

The dark blue vehicle, which had evidence of previous damage to its rear window, was found abandoned on Honeywell Lane.

Image caption Floral tributes have been left at the scene

Nigel Whittle, principal of Oasis Academy, Oldham, said the school was "deeply saddened" by the news of the deaths of Zaneta, who was a first year student, and her cousin Helina Kotlarova, a former pupil.

He said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends at this extremely distressing and difficult time.

"We are a very closely-knit school community. As our students return following the Christmas break, I know that they will care for one another, and our staff will be available to offer the support and time necessary as we all come to terms with this awful loss."

He said with the agreement of the Krokova family the school would join together to pay tribute to Zaneta in the coming weeks. A book of condolence would be opened on Thursday, he said.

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