Tributes paid to “inseparable” friends who died in crash

Shaun Maguire and Michael Sanderson, both from North Shields.
Shaun Maguire and Michael Sanderson, both from North Shields.

Tributes have been paid to two “inseparable” friends who died in a car crash.

Shaun Maguire and Michael Sanderson, both from North Shields, died when their Renault Clio left the road and hit a stone wall.

Michael Sanderson and his sister Rachael.

Michael Sanderson and his sister Rachael.

The pair, who had been close friends for 12 years, were driving along the B6300 near Meadowfield, County Durham, when the car left the road at 6pm on Friday, October 23.

They shared a love of motorbikes, cars and the custom car scene.

Shaun, 26, who was driving the car, worked as a floorer.

Parents Barry and Pam, sisters Kirsty, 19, and Madison, 14, described him as a “loving son who loved life and lived it to the full”.

Barry added: “We are absolutely devastated and we know Michael’s family are going through the same and we extended our deepest sympathies.”

Shaun doted on his two-year-old nephew and was a much-loved grandson.

Best friend Michael, 24, was a joiner. He was a cherished son of Billy and Stephanie and brother to sister Rachael, 17.

Michael’s dad Billy said: “He lived life to the full. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody at any time.”

Billy, on behalf of his family, would like to express their thoughts to Shaun’s family and thanked the emergency services for all their support.

The pair were highly thought of and a large gathering was held on Saturday night in North Shields by friends in the custom car scene.

Durham Constabulary are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

Officers particularly would like to speak to the driver of a dark-coloured vehicle which was in the area at the time and may have key information about the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.