The dad of a Bolton toddler who died after being struck by a tractor has been charged with manslaughter.

Three-year-old Albie Speakman was struck by a small tractor on a farm in Tottington on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

Emergency services were called to the farm off Bentley Hall Road following the horrific incident and Albie, who lived in Bolton, was pronounced dead in an ambulance.

His death was confirmed when he arrived at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Neil Speakman, aged 38 of Bentley Hall Road in Bury has now been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

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He has been released until his next court appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, April 16.

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After his death, Albie’s mother Leah Bridge described her son as her “little sunshine boy”.

She said: “Albie was an incredibly loving, affectionate and caring boy who just wanted everyone to be happy.

“He was so sensitive and wanted everyone to be OK, especially the people that he loved.

“He loved to play, whether it be with his family or friends at nursery. He would always look for little round things wherever he went – stones, polystyrene balls, bouncy balls, beads – I’m not sure why but he just loved anything round, he would just hold on to them.

“His favourite memories are at Cleethorpes beach, with his bucket and spade and his ball. His happiest days were on that beach.

"We were so free and didn’t have any cares in the world. It was just me and Albie and nothing else mattered.

“Whenever I’d ask him what he wanted to do, he’d want to go on holiday to the beach again. That’s how I know he was truly happy there.

“We all love Albie so much more than we can ever put into words, especially his Nan and his ‘Nanny-Nanny’ as he would always call her.

“I will miss absolutely everything about Albie – his voice, his smile, the smell of his skin and the feel of his little hands on my face when he would say, ‘I love you, mummy girl.'"