Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds crash: First photo of two boys, 12 and 15, killed when stolen car hit tree

Family of two boys killed in a car crash on Stonegate Road in Leeds have released this first image of the 'cheeky chappies' alongside an emotional statement.

Two young brothers killed in a car crash in Stonegate Road, Meanwood, in Leeds have been named as Ellis and Elliott Thornton by relatives who said their death has left "a huge void in their lives".

Ellis and Elliott were killed in the crash on Stonegate Lane

Ellis and Elliott were killed in the crash on Stonegate Lane

A third boy has been named as Darnell Harte, also aged 15.

Two 15-year-olds have today been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

Louise Thornton, 34, known as the boys' Godmother/Aunty Lou, said there were no words to described the loss of the two "cheeky chappies", Ellis, 12, and Elliott, 15, who were so loving towards their family.

She said: "Elliott was the eldest. He was very loving and very trusting. He was so proud of his family, his mum and dad and his two sisters, Ebony, 16, and Bronte, five.

The scene of the incident today

The scene of the incident today

"Ellis was the youngest and he looked up to Elliott and Ebony as well. They had a little cousin called Caidi who they adored.

"We are just devastated. We can't believe they have both gone as that just doesn't happen.

"We were so proud of the boys. They will be hugely missed by the family. It will leave a huge devastating void. As a family we have already been through so much.

"I'm devastated. They were very well-loved. We just can't describe how much these little boys have left a big void in our family."

The tree which was hit by the car in Stonegate Road, Leeds

The tree which was hit by the car in Stonegate Road, Leeds

Witnesses described hearing a 'bang like a firecracker' when the incident happened