A 14-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a bus driver died a short distance from his front door.
According to reports, police were called following reports of an ‘altercation’ in Southernwood in Consett, County Durham, at 5.33pm on Thursday, 5 December. Upon finding the victim, named locally as 47-year-old David Cameron, the North East Ambulance Service dispatched a rapid response paramedic, a double-crewed ambulance and a doctor to the scene. However, despite their best efforts, the man was pronounced dead a short time later.
Neighbours described Mr Cameron as a wonderful and popular figure in the local community with kids of his own. Tearful friends of the bus driver were also seen laying flowers close to his home on Friday.
A friend of Mr Cameron also added that he had known him since childhood and that he was an “absolutely lovely man.” Another resident said:
“I feel so dreadful for his family, I can’t imagine what they’re going through.
“I thought someone had been knocked down by a car. To be told someone had been murdered was a dreadful shock.”
Speaking to the Mirror, neighbour Sheila Farah described groups of teenagers plaguing the street with anti-social behaviour and that people don’t feel safe in the area anymore.
Detective Superintendent Dave Ashton, who is leading the investigation, offered condolences to the victim’s family and reassured the local community that they are positive that they have arrested the perpetrator of the crime.
Durham County councillor Alex Watson said it was a tragedy which upset “the whole community.”