An inquest has opened into the death of a "best of the best" father and grandfather who died in a crash in Egerton.

Alan Plimley died despite the efforts of the emergency services on Blackburn Road on January 30 of this year.

At Bolton Coroners' Court this week an inquest opened into the death before area coroner Professor Dr Alan Walsh. Professor Dr Walsh adjourned the inquest until a date to be determined after an investigation.

Police Coroner's Officer, Neil McCaffrey, said Mr Plimley overtook two vehicles on a motorcycle when he struck the kerb and he was "unseated".

Mr McCaffrey said: "Mr Plimley was riding his motorcycle on Blackburn Road in the direction of Blackburn. He overtook two vehicles before colliding with the kerb and coming unseated from his motorcycle. 

"Sadly despite attempts at CPR he passed away at the scene."

The Bolton News: Alan Plimley

On February 1, Greater Manchester Police said one of its officers was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving while driving a private vehicle.

The Bolton News asked for an update but it is understood the case remains under consideration by Greater Manchester Police and by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

In a statement Mr Plimley's family said the father and grandfather, a HGV driver from Clarendon Gardens, Bromley Cross, was the "best of the best".

The statement said: "Alan was a loving father, grandfather, brother and son. 

"He was the life and soul of a party and he would light up the room as result.

"He was a very funny and charming man and life will not be the same without him now. 

"Everybody loves you Alan always and forever and until we meet again."

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