Chelsea Flower Show gardener killed in Liverpool crash

Chelsea Flower Show star Matthew Bradley was killed in a suspected hit-and-run while on a stag do in Liverpool last week

Chelsea Flower Show star Matthew Bradley was killed in a suspected hit-and-run while on a stag do in Liverpool last week

Detectives are today questioning a 22-year-old man after a gold award-winning Chelsea Flow Show gardener was killed in a suspected hit-an-run.

Rising horticultural star Matthew Bradley, 24, had scooped silver and gold awards in the last two years at the world famous RHS summer event.

Last Friday Mr Bradley, of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was in Liverpool for a stag do when he was hit by a car while crossing a road on The Strand in the city centre at 11.40pm.

Despite frantic efforts to save his life by friends and paramedics, he died in hospital at 3am. 

Now Merseyside Police has arrested a 22-year-old man from Liverpool on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Bradley had followed in his father's footsteps in becoming a  Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) landscape gardener.  

Last weekend, his heartbroken family said he had an illustrious career ahead of him and will be sorely missed.

Mr Bradley's girlfriend, Rhiannon, has paid tribute to the late gardener. She said: 'I love you so much and I don’t know how to go on without you. I just can’t believe it'

Mr Bradley's girlfriend, Rhiannon, has paid tribute to the late gardener. She said: 'I love you so much and I don’t know how to go on without you. I just can’t believe it'

Parents Donal and Margaret said: 'Matthew was hugely talented and award-winning in his chosen career of landscape gardening - following in his dad's footsteps.

'He had an illustrious career ahead of him.

'He was a funny, kind-hearted and generous young man who will be sorely missed by all that knew him.'

The family,

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