Two men arrested over Blackburn hit-and-run death

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Image caption, Freda Holt suffered fatal injuries in the collision

Two men are being questioned by police investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision in Lancashire.

Freda Holt, 70, was starting to cross Revidge Road in Blackburn when she was struck by a silver car on Monday morning, suffering fatal injuries.

A 25-year-old man from Blackburn, who is believed to be the driver, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Another Blackburn man, aged 28, is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Lancashire Police have also recovered a silver Mercedes that was believed to be the vehicle involved in the collision at 1030 GMT.

The car was recovered in the Farnworth area of Bolton last night and police are continuing to appeal for information about the vehicle.

Insp Mark Winstanley, of Lancashire Police, said: "Whilst we have made some good progress with the investigation, we are still appealing for anyone who has information regarding the incident or the location of the vehicle before or after the collision to contact us."

In a statement Mrs Holt's family described her as a "loving wife, mother and grandmother".

"Freda taught yoga for over 30 years, and some of her students were encouraged to progress to become qualified yoga teachers themselves," said the family.

"Freda gave unstintingly of her time, and was a devout church- goer, being involved in the parish meals, church cleaning, and an enthusiastic member of the 'Knit and Natter' group of ladies who knitted blankets and hats for overseas charities."

Mrs Holt had three children and six grandchildren.

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