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Girl, 15, killed after being hit by bus described as 'most loving little person'

Tributes have been paid to a teenage girl who was killed after being hit by a bus.

15-year-old Sophie Fletcher has been named locally as the victim of the incident in Sheldon, Birmingham, on Saturday afternoon.

Following the crash on Sheaf Lane at 3pm, the teen was rushed to hospital but confirmed dead shortly after arriving.

West Midlands Police said the bus driver is helping with inquiries with detectives also appealing for witnesses to come forward.

National Express West Midlands has confirmed one of its vehicles was involved in the tragedy.

Matt Denning, founder of local children's charity Matt's Mission, said he was "shocked and gutted" to hear of Sophie's death.

In 2017, she donated her hair to help the charity raise money.

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Tributes left to the tragic teenager in Sheaf Lane (Birmingham Mail /Darren Quinton)

He added: "My love and thoughts are with family and friends."

Dance teacher Catriona O'Brien has also spoken of her heart break at her passing.

The Euphoria Dance instructor said: "It is with a broken heart that I announce the tragic passing of ED’s former student Sophie Fletcher aged just 15 years old.

"I had the pleasure of teaching Soph for more than 5 years at Yew Tree Primary School and she was also a valued member of our solihull junior pro team.

"Sophie was such a joy to teach, always so happy and eager to please, always tried her best and was just the most loving little person.

"I am so grateful i got to meet you and spend the time with you i did. RIP beautiful girl, we will never forget you.

"My thoughts are with Sophie’s family & incredible mom Emma whom i had such a fantastic relationship with over Sophie’s dancing years.

"RIP Sophie Fletcher, may you dance with the angels above."

Sophie's mum Emma changed her Facebook profile photo to one of her with her daughter yesterday.

Heartbroken sister Kloe shared a photo of Sophie on Facebook and wrote: "You had the most beautiful blue eyes, just like my own, our resemblances is how people knew we were sisters.

"And never again will I retaliate when someone says such words, for I will forever cherish them from this day forward."

The teenager was rushed to hospital but died soon after (Birmingham Mail /Darren Quinton)

A JustGiving page has been set up on Sunday by uncle Anthony Hasson, hoping to raise £3,000 to help Sophie's family with funeral costs.

Anthony wrote: "It is with a deep heart that we have to say goodbye to our beautiful niece Sophie, who tragically lost her life yesterday at 15 years old in a road traffic accident.

"We are looking to raise a bit of help for her loving parents to ease the burden of funeral costs at this most devastating of times.

"Any help we receive will be so gratefully be passed over to her loving mother who is understandably grieving the worst pain any parent could ever go through.

Family and friends have paid tribute (Birmingham Mail /Darren Quinton)

"Thank you for your help and support at this difficult time. fly high princess xxx."

PC Gail Arnold, of WMP's serious collision investigation unit, said on Saturday: "A young girl has tragically died and we'll be doing all we can to support her family during this deeply distressing time.

"We're working to establish the circumstances behind the collision and we're keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, and especially anyone with dashcam footage."

A spokeswoman for National Express West Midlands said: "A National Express West Midlands bus was involved in an incident on Sheaf Lane in Sheldon on Saturday (March 18). Our thoughts remain with those involved and with their loved ones.

"Emergency services attended the scene and we will continue to give the police every assistance as they continue their investigation into what happened."

Anyone with information which may help police is asked to email or to use the Live Chat on the force's website and quote log 2467 of 18 March.

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