Flowers and tributes for motorcyclist, 21, left at Tipton crash scene

Dozens of tributes have been left in memory of a 21-year-old motorcyclist who lost his life after a crash in Tipton.

More and more tributes were being left at the scene of the accident
More and more tributes were being left at the scene of the accident

The scene on St Marks Road was a sombre one as people gathered to lay and pin up tributes to the young man, who died after suffering serious injuries in an accident involving his motorbike and a car.

An assortment of different alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were left alongside smoke bombs and flares

Among the tributes being laid on the fence next to Glebefields Library at the junction of Ridgeway Road and St Marks Road were flowers, flares, smoke bombs and various bottles of alcohol, including vodka, rum and champagne.

The street was painted with tributes to Blacks

There were also picture tributes to the man, known locally as Blacks, and written tributes in chalk on the pavement in front.

Images of the 21-year-old, known locally as Blacks, were put up in tribute

More tributes were being added by people, while other remained at the scene to look at the different tributes and reflect on the life of a young man.

Floral tributes big and small were left at the scene

Two men who said they were friends of Blacks were sitting in a blue BMW next to the tributes, talking with people as they arrived at the scene, and one of the men, who didn't want to be named, spoke warmly about his friend.

He said: "He was just a top lad and I don't think he had a bad bone in his body, so I'm just heartbroken right now, absolutely heartbroken, as this isn't something you would wish on anyone, dying so young.

"We'll always remember him as a joker and the person who was the life and soul of the party, as well as someone who could just make you laugh as you could be having a bad day and he would make you laugh."

A burberry shirt signed by wellwishers was pinned to the fence

One girl, who didn't want to be named, was putting up a tribute said she had known Blacks' girlfriend and had seen the accident happen and was still dealing with the shock of it.

She said: "I knew who he was through his girlfriend and I was down here on Sunday and saw the accident happen, which was just so bad and I don't know how to explain it.

"From what I've seen, they'll be doing balloon releases and fundraisers and lots of things to try and keep his memory alive and I know he'll be remembered for his smile and his laugh."

There were many types of tributes for the 21-year-old, including a car sign

Another woman living nearby, who didn't want to be named, spoke about the road around where the accident happened, describing it as very dangerous.

She said: "Something like this was going to happen, sadly, as you see people racing up and down this street on bikes, then you see people meandering out of Ridgeway Road, so something like this was always going to happen.

"It's dreadful as 21 is no age to die and no mother should have to bury her child, particularly when they are so young."

A friend, who asked to remain anonymous, paid an emotional tribute to her friend.

She said: "He was a young lad who loved motorbikes and absolutley lived for them as they bought him joy, excitement and happiness.

"He had a 20-year-old girlfriend who has never left his side and who completely and utterly adored and worshipped him ever so much and, sadly, she has now lost the first love of her life.

"Blacks also adored his girlfriend and worshipped her just as much and when they were together, the happiness between them was beautiful as they would both smile and laugh so hard together and were best friends, as well as lovers.

"Blacks had a lot of friends who cared deeply for him and loved him ever so much also and he loved life and enjoyed everyday like it was his lad.

"He was such a funny lad and never let anything get him down and he bought laughter to everyone around no matter what.

"Blacks has also sadly lost his life and unfortunately will never be able to see such a beautiful smile like his that would light up the whole world if we had a black out.

"His smile was infectious and bought joy to so many friends & family and his friends and family are completely broken during this very hard time and would do anything to bring Blacks back."

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "We have specialist officers supporting the man’s family at this difficult time.

"I am urgently appealing for anyone with information who hasn’t already spoken to us to make contact.

"I am particularly keen to hear from anybody who witnessed the collision or saw the bike just beforehand, and in particular may have CCTV or dash cam footage."

Information can be given by contacting collision investigators on FL_COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight. Quote log 2451 of 22 May.

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