Boys killed crossing motorway

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Two children were killed while crossing a motorway, police said today.

The boys, aged six and seven, were crossing the M56 at Preston Brook, near Runcorn, Cheshire, at around 7.20pm last night.

Cheshire Police said the boys, from the Murdishaw area of Runcorn, were pushing motor scooters across the Chester-bound carriageway when they were struck.

Officers have said three cars were involved in the tragedy. The two boys were pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was injured.

The two boys were this morning named by neighbours as Kieron, seven, and six-year-old Guy.

The pair were friends who lived on the same street in Blyth Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn.

Neighbours said today had gone missing yesterday evening and police were already searching for them when the alarm was raised about the motorway crash.

A neighbour, who lives near Kieron's grandmother who lives in the same street, said: "It is absolutely terrible news.

"We heard they had gone missing and the families were out looking for them yesterday evening, and then we heard that there had been this terrible crash on the motorway.

"Kieron has only moved in to the close a few months ago with his dad and his stepmum.

"He and Guy were little pals, always kicking a football about."

Kieron's family were taken away from their home in police cars shortly before 9.30am today.

Nobody was at Guy's family home.