AN INVESTIGATION is continuing into the tragic death of a 19-year-old man who was killed doing an activity he loved.

Last month, the Journal reported that a 19-year-old man was killed after coming off an off-road motorcycle at Astley Raceway on Saturday, June 22.

The rider was later identified as Josh Sharpe, described as a "much loved son, brother, and loving partner" who had loved motorbikes from an early age.

Although the emergency services were unable to save Josh at the scene, Greater Manchester Police are continuing to appeal for information regarding the incident, and are asking any witnesses at the track to come forward.

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Josh was described as a much loved son, brother, and partnerJosh was described as a much loved son, brother, and partner (Image: GMP)
Passing on a heartbreaking tribute to the police, Josh's family said: "Josh was very sporty and excelled naturally in football. He played for Rishton United Football Club Juniors and Hyndburn Youths.

"Josh’s love for motorbikes developed at a very young age and he often rode them with his dad on weekends. Although he has always loved motor bikes, it wasn’t until he was financially independent that he was able to enjoy this hobby more frequently with his friends.

“What stood out most about Josh was his kindness. He had an ability to sense when someone needed a friend, a kind word, or a gentle smile. He was always the first to offer help, never asking for anything in return.

"His empathy and generosity were beyond his years, qualities that made him beloved by everyone who knew him.

"In his short life, he touched more hearts than many do in a lifetime.”

Many more of Josh's friends shared tributes to the young man on social media following his untimely passing.

Josh had loved motorcycles from an early ageJosh had loved motorcycles from an early age (Image: GMP)
Anyone with information is asked to can contact police via 0161 856 4741, 101 or alternatively at, quoting log 1673 of 22/06/24.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.