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Four Bradford crash victims 'had promising futures' and whole area in shock - MP's tributes

A Bradford MP has paid tribute to four young men who died after a police pursuit in the city.

Thousands of people attended the funerals of four young men who died when their car collided with a tree while being pursued by the police.
Murtza Chaudhry and Arbaaz Hussain, both 21, Zeeshan Khalid, 20, and Tayyab Siddique, 22, died when the BMW they were travelling in crashed on Toller Lane in Bradford on Thursday.

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

All four were remembered by crowds of people in a park in the city on Saturday afternoon.

Before the ceremony, Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East said he was born and brought up in the area.

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He said: "I knew the young men and I know their families. The whole community is absolutely shocked and continues to be shocked.

"This is an extremely tragic loss of four very liked young men and the whole community is in mourning.

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford.

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford.

"People have turned up in their thousands to stand with the families."

Mr Hussain said all the men had "promising futures".

Four hearses were driven into the packed field where the traditional prayers were said.

He said: "The whole community has come together, to stand together and provide support for each other in these difficult times."

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

Mr Hussain said there were some questions that need answering but said: "That's not for today."

The police watchdog is investigating the crash and has said that the BMW was being followed because it was moving at speed.

In a statement released on Friday, it said: "We understand at this time that the grey BMW 1 Series car in which they were travelling was pursued for a short time by an unmarked West Yorkshire Police car, due to excessive speed before the crash.

"All four men died at the scene."

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

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The police watchdog also confirmed that there was "no indication" that the police vehicle made contact with the car prior to the accident.

The IOPC also said that there was approximately one minute between the BMW being spotted by the police and it colliding with the tree at around 5.30am on Thursday, according to the evidence it has analysed.

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA

An MP paid tribute to the four young men killed in Bradford. Photo: PA