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Family pay tribute to Dr Simon Newell who was killed on Newlands Pass

Dr Simon Newell
Dr Simon Newell

[P]olice can confirm that the man who died on Newlands Pass yesterday (August 10th) has been identified as 59-year-old Dr Simon Newell.

Simon was a renowned paediatrician who lived and worked in Leeds.

He leaves behind his wife, three children – aged 26, 30 and 31 – and a baby granddaughter.

His family said: “Simon loved Cumbria and had been going there to enjoy the mountains for over 30 years. He particularly loved Braithwaite, where he had a cottage and planned to retire with his wife, Dr Debra Newell.

“Simon was renowned as a paediatrician. He worked as a senior consultant in the clinics of St James Hospital and the Leeds General Infirmary and specialised in neonatology, particularly caring for babies born premature. From this work in the clinic he was known by the parents of hundreds of babies in Yorkshire, and received countless cards thanking him for saving the lives of their little ones.

“He was well known by doctors across the country for his contribution to paediatrics beyond the clinic. He was heavily involved in teaching, known locally training students and junior doctors in Leeds and internationally for setting the qualifying examination for new paediatric consultants, and for his published textbooks.

“His work on education culminated when he was made Vice President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in London. Simon was also a very established and respected expert witness, who had been called as an expert witness in the Royal Courts of Justice numerous times. He was a trustee for the children’s charity “SPARKS” and spoke regularly at their fundraising events, where he met Princess Anne and also visited 10 Downing Street where he met Samantha Cameron.

“Simon also made a huge contribution to his family. He leaves behind his wife, three children, and a baby granddaughter who recently celebrated her 1st birthday, born to his eldest daughter who followed him into the medical profession. He was an amazing, permanently positive person. He was due to retire in just 5 weeks’ time, and we were all extremely excited about spending more time with him. He will be sorely missed.”

It is believed that Mr Newell had fallen off his bicycle, but officers are continuing to investigate the collision.

The road was closed for 4 hours while police carry out their enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 and ask to speak to PC1960 Parsons.

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