SO this year begins with such sad news.

My thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Steven’s dear mum and all his family and friends.

The outpouring of support this last week from Ramsbottom, across Bury and beyond has been incredible and I hope, in some way, it gives strength to everyone mourning.

It was heartening and emotional to see.

Special thanks must go to Greater Manchester Police, our fire service, the hundreds of volunteers, Ramsbottom British Legion, which hosted the campaign centre and all the local businesses that donated items to the cause.

It is at the worst of times we often see the best of people and I am so proud of our town for how we all pulled together.

Rest in peace Steven.

James Frith MP

Bury North