Moving tributes have been paid to a much-loved family man who died following a road collision.

Eddie Bell was walking on Delves Lane, in Consett, County Durham, when he was struck by a silver Seat Leon at 11.35am on Saturday.

The 76-year-old was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

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In a statement, his family said: "It is with deepest regret that we announce the death of Eddie Bell, who was involved in a tragic road traffic collision yesterday.

"He was a much-loved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be sadly missed.

"We wish to thank everyone for their support and ask to be left so that we can grieve in peace."

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He has been interviewed by officers and released under investigation while further enquiries are carried out.

Police closed Delves Lane, in Consett, after the collision on Saturday
Police closed Delves Lane, in Consett, after the collision on Saturday

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the crash. They are also appealing for people to come forward who may have dashcam footage of the incident, or of the vehicle prior to the collision.

Anyone who can help is asked to call Durham Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 214 of June 19 with any information.

Delves Lane was closed and bus services were diverted away from the area while emergency services were at the scene on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 11.31am to the Delves Lane area to reports of a road traffic collision between a vehicle and pedestrian.

"We sent two ambulances and requested the Great North Air Ambulance support."