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A 22-year-old man from Tower Hamlets was one of two men who died in a crash on the M1.

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Gulzar Ahmed, 22, was a passenger in a BMW when it crashed into another car of the same make in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Gulzar and another man both died in the accident, and six other people were injured.

Mr Ahmed’s father, Nazrul, told the Evening Standard that his son was a well known and widely liked member of the community, and had recently completed a business course at Tower Hamlets College.

Speaking to the paper at his home in Stepney Green, the 63-year-old said: “He was always smiling and joking, he was very cheeky. He had lots of friends and was very popular.

“He was always well turned out and took a pride in his appearance.

“We are now grieving for our son. The community has been wonderful - people of all faiths have been to pay their respects.

“Everyone knew him and liked him. We will miss him so much. He stayed in quite a lot and was a nice family boy”, he added.

Police have confirmed that two men from east London, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old died in the crash, but are yet to confirm their identities.

An investigation is now under way to determine the cause of the crash.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, but has since been released on bail.

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