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Man arrested after boy, 5, killed in collision

Layton Darwood

The identity of a much-loved little boy who sadly died following a collision in Newcastle can now be confirmed.

Layton Darwood, aged five, was fatally injured after he was in collision with a Ford Transit van on Willow Avenue, Fenham, at around 4.50pm yesterday (Monday).

A 38-year-old man remains in police custody at this time and specialist officers in our Motor Patrols department continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision.

Sergeant Lee Butler has asked that the community respect Layton’s family’s privacy at this difficult time.

He said: “This is a devastating time for Layton’s family and our thoughts go out to them at this horrendous time. They continue to be offered support by specialist family liaison officers.

“The whole community is saddened by what has happened and I know they will rally round to support them.

“We would ask that people respect their privacy as they try to come to terms with their tragic loss and avoid speculating about the circumstances of the collision at this early stage.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 748 240820 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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