Man arrested after Boothstown death crash bailed

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A MAN arrested after a horrific crash at Boothstown in which two brothers died has been bailed.

Robert Crooks, aged 33, and Scott Best, aged 27, from Little Hulton, died when the stolen Audi they were in burst into flames as it smashed into parked cars in Leigh Road, Boothstown, on Thursday.

A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle has been bailed until March 26 pending further inquiries.

Just minutes before the crash, a Vauxhall Vectra pulled up in Boscombe Gardens in Farnworth and two men got out and smashed a window of a house and stole keys to an Audi S4 Quattro.

Both cars drove off at speed. The Vectra was later found abandoned in Worsley.

Ch Supt Kevin Mulligan said: "This continues to be a complex investigation that stretches across the Salford and Bolton divisions and involves a number of different officers working on the various strands of the investigation.

"We also have a number of victims, not just the people who died in the collision but the victims of the original burglary in Bolton and all those living on Leigh Road who were left shocked and upset by what they witnessed that evening.

"I want to assure people living in both communities that we are offering support to all those victims and continuing to work with the people living in the areas affected to keep them fully updated with the progress of the investigation.

"We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the aggravated burglary in Farnworth, to anyone who may have seen these cars driving at speed, and to anyone who may have seen the Vectra being abandoned."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4741 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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