Man held over crash death of Frank Sidebottom creator’s son Harry Sievey

Harry Sievey who died following a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa in Withington, Manchester.
Harry Sievey who died following a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa in Withington, Manchester.
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A MAN has been arrested over a crash in which the son of Frank Sidebottom creator Chris Sievey died.

Harry Sievey, 24, was one of two cyclists involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa in Withington, Manchester, on Sunday night.

Online tributes have been paid to the popular musician, whose late father found fame in the 1980s with the distinctive comedy character and his large papier mache head.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident after they arrested a 61-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The crash involving a blue Vauxhall Corsa, a blue Speedsta bike and a white Mango bike happened in Mauldeth Road near the junction of Wellington Road shortly before 10.15pm.

The other cyclist, in his 20s, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Senior investigating officer Sergeant Lee Westhead, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said: “We are currently investigating the full circumstances of this collision.

“I would firstly like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of the young man who died and specially trained officers continue to offer them their support.

“It is key we now try and establish exactly what happened and I would urge anyone who saw the collision to please call my team.

“If you saw anything in the moments beforehand, or recognise the vehicle from earlier that day, then I would also ask you to contact us with any information.”

Anyone with information should call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Chris Sievey died of cancer in 2010 aged 54.

A statue of the comic persona was later unveiled in his “home village” of Timperley.

The character, who also released a number of cassettes and 7-inch singles, was said to have inspired the 2014 film Frank starring Michael Fassbender.

In a statement, Mr Sievey’s family said: “There are no words for another tragic and sad loss to our family.

“Our little brother and loving son Harry was always happy-go-lucky. We are heartbroken, taken from us before his time.

“We ask for our privacy at this time while we come to terms with our loss.”

Police said the suspect has been released on bail until March 27.