Tributes dumped in skip

Tributes to Daniel Birch
Tributes to Daniel Birch

The family of a 23-year-old man who crashed and died in Chorley have spoken of their ‘shock and disgust’ after flowers to remember him were dumped in a skip.

Daniel Birch was killed when his car hit a brick pillar at the Red Brick Barn on the A5106 Wigan Road in Coppull in the early hours on Sunday, March 18.

Last week the Guardian revealed how the family of the former Albany Science College pupil placed floral tributes at the spot where he died after his funeral, but within two hours they had been taken and dumped in a nearby skip.

In their first interview since his death, his mum Helen has blasted those responsible.

She said: “Dan was such a kind-hearted lad and all he did was help people. How could someone do this to him? Dan for many, many years had done fundraising for Derian House, he worked for the family business, helped bring up his seven-year-old brother, and did as many school runs as we did.

“For me this is the most disgusting, despicable thing ever. I am shaking and crying all the time. I feel like I am right back to square one again.”

Daniel, who lived in Worthington, was a popular footballer and played for Croston Sports Club. He scored in the reserve team’s 4-1 win over Gillibrand Saints just hours before he was involved in the accident, after losing control of his green Ford Focus in Coppull at around 4am.

Flowers including ones saying son, Dan, and a Liverpool FC shirt were put at the crash site after the funeral. The family say they and police know who is responsible for removing them, but no criminal convictions can be brought.

Helen said: “We are heartbroken, totally devastated. Our first response when we saw they were gone was it must have been kids who haven’t really got a handle on what these things mean. I was dealing with this thinking it was someone who didn’t know better.”

She has thanked the person who told her where the flowers were and has now recovered them from the skip.

She said: “It has meant a lot to get the flowers back.

“Before this we were just concentrating on fundraising for the memorial football match for him.

“We were trying to do something good out of all this. It has been a very difficult time.”