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‘We’re really going to miss him’: Tributes to Grantham model, 17, killed in A52 crash

A modelling agency has paid tribute to one of its rising stars tragically killed in a crash on the A52 near Grantham at the weekend.

Max Hubbard, 17, and of Grantham died in the crash on the A52 Bottesford Bypass on Sunday, November 26 at 5.41pm.

Max Hubbard was a model in Nottingham. Photo: Venella One

Photo: Venella One

Max was described as a “strong, bubbly and friendly character” by his employers Venella One, and was also set to sign a deal with an agency in Germany once he turned 18 in February.

Managing director of Venella One, Monica Johnson, told Lincolnshire Reporter: “He was a strong, bubbly and friendly character and was very pleasant.

“If something ever concerned him he’d always contact us for help and support.

“We’re really going to miss him and everyone at Venella One loves him.

Photo: Venella One

“There are no amount of words I can say to justify what has happened and we have spent the last three days struggling to sleep and work.

“We will be keeping his pictures up on our website for him for a very long time for our loving memories of him.”

Photo: Venella One

Director of the modelling agency Laisha Johnson, added: “Max was very keen to do modelling, and didn’t know too much about the trade and was very open minded about it all.

“He just had a spark. Most new models on their first shoot are shy, but he really went for it and was amazing.

“We definitely had high hopes for him and were thinking he could go to Milan and Paris.

“There was an agency waiting to sign Max up in Germany once he turned 18 in February.

“Max was very interested in his education and it was very important to him and he really tried to get the grades he wanted.

“We found out on Monday afternoon and when we found out we rung his parents, I was speechless and it doesn’t seem real.

“Max was a strong-spirited person and what he said was what he meant.”

Photo: Venella One

DC John Borlase of Leicestershire Police said: “We are continuing to investigate the incident to establish the full circumstances and are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch.

“Were you driving in the area at the time of the incident? Did you see the collision or either of the vehicles prior to the collision?”

Anyone with information should contact Leicestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 434 of November 26.