Tributes left at site of Prudhoe road tragedy

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of an alleged hit-and-run in Prudhoe in which Kathleen Heslop was killed

Kathleen Heslop who was killed walking her dog in Prudhoe
Kathleen Heslop who was killed walking her dog in Prudhoe

This is tragic dog-walker Kathleen Heslop who was killed in an alleged hit-and-run collision.

Her picture was released as police last night confirmed they had charged a man following the incident.

David Paul Robinson, 26, of Woodhead Road, Prudhoe, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving; causing death while uninsured; dangerous driving; failing to stop; and failing to report an accident.

He is due to appear before Newcastle magistrates this morning.

65-year-old Ms Heslop was killed along with her beloved pet Trudy when they were struck by a car near her Northumberland home in Prudhoe on Saturday night.

Kathleen was well-known in the Prudhoe community and a pile of floral tributes at the scene, on Stonyflat Bank, continued to grow yesterday.

One friend, named Joan, left a bouquet with a message that read: “I am going to miss you so much. All the wonderful holidays we have had and thought more to come. Life can be so unfair, Rest in peace my dear friend with Trudy.”

And another friend called Leanne wrote: “I spent some great holidays with you. Will miss you with all my heart.”

Both Kathleen and Trudy, a miniature Schnauzer were pronounced dead at the scene. The car which allegedly hit them is thought to have driven off.

Flowers at the scene in Prudhoe where Kathleen Heslop was the victim of a suspected hit-and-run
Flowers at the scene in Prudhoe where Kathleen Heslop was the victim of a suspected hit-and-run
 

Overnight on Sunday a man and a woman were arrested in connection with the incident.

The 28-year-old woman was released with no charge yesterday.

Police search teams spent much of Sunday combing the grass at the side of the road in search of evidence.

And officers later revealed that they had found a dark-coloured Saab car which is believed to have been involved in the incident.

Supt Jim Napier, of Northumbria Police, said: “We have now recovered a car which may have been involved. It’s a dark-coloured Saab with front-end damage which would be consistent with impact in a collision of the type we saw on Saturday night.”

Police now want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, which happened at around 10.25pm. And officers are also appealing to anyone who saw a Saab being driven around Prudhoe on Saturday night to get in touch.

A Northumbria Police spokesman added: “Police are asking for information about a Saab 93, dark green or black in colour, seen in the area around the time of the crash.

“Anyone who saw such a car and can supply any details about its movements or driving behaviour is asked to contact police.”

Witnesses should call Northumbria Police on 101.

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