6-year-old killed whilst on way to mosque prayers


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A six-year-old girl who was hit and killed by car had been heading for prayers at a mosque with her father, police have said.

Jannatul Bakya was hit while crossing Oldbury Road in Smethwick, West Midlands, on Saturday night.

Jannatul’s family have released a photo of her and a tribute issued on behalf of her father reads: “Jannatul, my youngest daughter, was always happy and cheerful. She always bought a smile to everybody's face. 
 
“She will be greatly missed. I would ask that my family be given space to be able to grieve in private.” 

Two people arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving have been released under investigation while inquiries continue, West Midlands Police said.

The 27-year-old man, from Smethwick, and woman, 26, from Bearwood, were arrested shortly after the collision.

Det Con Damian Gibson said police were continuing to investigate "the circumstances leading to this tragic event”.

"I'm appealing for anyone who saw the collision, or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage, to get in touch," he said.

"The family are receiving support from family liaison officers and, our thoughts are them at this very sad time.”
 
DC Damian Gibson from West Midlands Police’s Collision Investigation Unit said: “We are investigating the circumstances leading to this tragic event…I’m appealing for anyone who saw the collision, or who may have CCTV or dash-cam footage, to get in touch. 
 
“The family are receiving support from family liaison officers and, our thoughts are them at this very sad time."
 
Witnesses are asked to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting log number 2933 from 28 July or email FL.COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk . 

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