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Teen held over pedestrian's death in Stokesley

Crash scene in Stokesley
Image caption The Range Rover hit the pedestrian and then crashed into the wall of this building

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a pedestrian was knocked down and killed by a car in North Yorkshire.

The silver Range Rover was being driven on North Road in Stokesley when it left the road and hit the 27-year-old man on Saturday afternoon.

A police spokesman said witnesses saw people inside the vehicle then run away. The teenager was arrested nearby and remains in custody.

Detectives urged anyone who saw the car before the crash to come forward.

'Utterly devastated'

Det Supt Steve Smith, of North Yorkshire Police, said the pedestrian was a "nice young man" who lived with his mother and sister nearby.

He said the family were "utterly devastated" and were being supported by officers.

"An innocent member of the public was walking along the street, having decided to go to the shops to buy some lunch, and sadly never returned home to his family."

Mr Smith added: "Many people have come forward with information already, for which we thank them.

"However, despite the snow, many people were out and about in Stokesley on Saturday morning and may have seen the Range Rover driving around town.

"I urge these people to come forward and talk to the police, no matter how insignificant you may think your information is."

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