AN ELDERLY man who was struck by a car in a North-East town centre has died.

Emergency services were called to Scott Street, in Stanley, County Durham, just before 11am on Wednesday.

Police cordoned the area off and launched an immediate inquiry.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man sadly lost his life following a collision.

“The man was struck by a Toyota Auris which was being driven by a woman.

"She is not believed to have sustained any injuries.

"Officers are urging anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone with any dash cam footage of it to come forward."

Paramedics from North East Ambulance Service and a crew from the Great North Air Ambulance were also called to the scene but the man could not be saved.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a road traffic collision in Stanley at 10.56am on Wednesday morning.

“We dispatched a double crewed ambulance, an advanced practitioner, two HART crews and requested support from the air ambulance.”

Durham County Councillor Carl Marshall, who also serves on Stanley Town Council, said the authority would be working with the police as part of the investigation.

He said: “I am very shocked and this is tragic news for the area. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this sad time.

“The authority will be working with the police as part of their investigation.”

A report will be prepared for the County Durham and Darlington Coroner by police.

Anyone who can help can call police on 101.