The family of a much-loved dad and granddad who sadly died in a motorbike collision have issued a heartfelt tribute to him.
At about 8.55pm on Friday, we received a report of a collision involving a car and a motorbike on the A1 northbound approximately 300 metres from the A69 slip road at Denton Burn.
For reasons yet to be established, a grey Audi A3 collided with a motorcycle which resulted in the rider being knocked off his bike.
John’s family have today paid tribute to the motorbike enthusiast and say he will forever be remembered for the “wonderful” person he was.
They said: “John’s passion in life has always been cars, bikes and travelling. John had just completed a 15-day motorbike holiday in which he had covered thousands of miles visiting some of his favourite locations in France and Spain.
“He was returning home to the North East from his latest adventure when he was involved in the fatal incident.
“John was a hugely proud and dedicated family man who leaves behind a wife of 39 years, two children and six grandchildren who he could not have loved any more than he already did.
“This was a very sudden and unexpected death that has shocked our family and friends.
“We now ask that people remember John for the wonderful person he was and be respectful of the circumstances surrounding his tragic death. Please also take extra care and look out for motorcyclists when driving on the roads."
An investigation was immediately launched after the incident and a search launched to locate the Audi, whose occupants had already left the scene when emergency services arrived.
Two people – a 36-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman - have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They have since been released under investigation.
We're now appealing for anybody who was in the area and believes they saw a grey Audi A3 in the hours preceding and after the collision to come forward.
This is a tragic incident and we are committed to getting answers for John's family.
We are asking for the public’s help. Were you driving on the A1 around that time, and do you have dashcam footage? If so, please take a look and let us know if you see a grey Audi A3 that is acting suspiciously.
A big thanks to everyone who has already come forward with information to assist our investigation, especially witnesses at the scene who provided statements. It is hugely appreciated.
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