Tributes have been paid to two teenage girls who died after being struck by a car in Aldershot on Tuesday (November 8) night.

The girls, aged 16 and 17, died at the scene, outside the sports stadium in Queen's Avenue, after being involved in a collision with a black Ford Focus at around 7.10pm.

The pair, members of the Aldershot Farnham and District Athletics Club and students at the Sixth Form College Farnborough, were out jogging when it happened.

On Wednesday (November 9) morning, Allan Leiper, joint team manager of the club, paid tribute to them.

"As joint team manager of Aldershot Farnham and District Athletics Club it so sad to hear the news about the tragic event outside AFD's training facilities last night in Aldershot," he said on Facebook.

"My thoughts go out to the two girls involved and to their families at this very sad time.

"These girls were only following their dreams to be the best runners in the best running club in the world. Rest in peace girls."

Simon Jarvis, principal at the Sixth Form College Farnborough said: "I can confirm both girls were students at the college.

"Our thoughts are with the families who have experienced loss at this time and with the friends of the girls.

"We are doing everything we can to support everyone in the college community through these tough times as everyone comes to terms with the tragic events of last night."

The scene of a crash in Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, in which two teenage girls were killed

UK Athletics said in a statement on Wednesday morning: "UK Athletics is deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of two members of the Aldershot, Farnham and District Athletic Club (AFD) following an incident in Aldershot, Hampshire on Tuesday evening."

Niels de Vos, chief executive of UK Athletics, spoke on behalf of the governing body: “My heart goes out to the family and friends of those affected at this difficult time. All at UK Athletics send our deepest sympathies, this is a tragedy which will be felt across the athletics community.”

'Brought to tears'

Another to pay tribute on Facebook was Julia Blomquist, who said: "Woken up to the horrific news this morning which I was hoping wouldn't be true after hearing about it last night... that two young girls from AFD (Aldershot Farnham & District Running Club) were killed last night at the club whilst crossing the road from the stadium.

"It's brought me to tears already.

"They were doing something they loved and that was once me doing exactly the same thing. It's incredibly shocking and heartbreaking.

"My heart and thoughts go out to the parents, friends and club members. It's a horrible loss and a tragic incident. RIP beautiful angels."

Scene in Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, on Tuesday (November 8) after fatal collision

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Serving soldier arrested

The MoD has confirmed that the man arrested in connection with the incident is a serving soldier.

A spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a fatal road traffic collision occurred in Aldershot Garrison and that a solider is currently being held by Hampshire Police.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

Scene in Queen's Avenue, Aldershot, after fatal collision

Hampshire Police confirmed that a 24-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of drink-driving, two counts of death by dangerous driving and two counts of death by careless driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Inspector Graham Hughes at Whitchurch Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Altaris (Incident 772), or report it online .

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.