The family of a teenager who died after police were called to reports of a stabbing have spoken of their loss and paid touching tribute to him.

Two teenage boys, aged 14 and 15, have been charged with the murder of 15-year-old Reece Tansey in Great Lever, Bolton.

In a tribute released through police today, Reece's family spoke of a 'cheeky and funny' boy who they said 'always had a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile'.

They also released a photograph of the much-loved teenager riding a motorbike.

Officers were called shortly after 4.43am on Tuesday to reports of a stabbing on Walker Avenue, Bolton.

Reece, a pupil at Harper Green School, was taken to hospital, but sadly died from his injuries.

Police said today a murder investigation was continuing.

Tributes to the 15-year-old

Reece, his family said, had a love of motorbikes and practical jokes.

They said he was just 'starting to find his way in life and become his own person' - and had a passion for life.

Paying tribute, his family said: "Reece was a 15-year-old boy - cheeky and funny.

"He had a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile.

"Reece loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends.

"He had a sense of humour that was contagious, he regularly played pranks on his mum and dad, which left his little brother in heaps of giggles.

"Reece had an ability to make you smile and it was often difficult to be serious with him.

Balloons released in his memory

"He was at an age where he was starting to find his way in life, and become his own person, but he always needed his mum and adored her and the rest of his family.

"His life has been tragically cut short, his death is something that we will never understand and certainly never get over.

"He deserves to be remembered as the boy who loved motorbikes, who was full of life and had a passion for living.

"The death of Reece has had a profound effect on his family and friends, and indeed on the larger community. To say he will be missed is a great understatement.

"We would like to thank everybody for their kind words and support at this difficult time."

The two teenagers charged with Reece's murder, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are due to appear at Manchester Crown Court on Monday (May 10), following an initial appearance before magistrates earlier this week.

Detective Inspector Nicola McCulloch said: "Our thoughts are with Reece's family who are understandably devastated.

"We currently have specialist officers supporting them through this horrific time.

"Two teenagers have currently been charged with Reece's murder and we're continuing to ask anyone with information to come forward.

"Even the smallest information may assist with our enquiries."

Anyone with information, or anyone with videos and images, can submit them directly via the Major Incident Public Portal at

"Alternatively, call 101 quoting log number 359 of 04/05/2021 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."