A MAN has died after a hit and run crash in the early hours of Sunday morning, police revealed last night.

The vehicle was travelling from Bournmoor, near Chester-le-Street towards Fencehouses on the A1052 at 2.15am when the collision occurred at the junction with Woodstone Village.

The 36-year-old pedestrian was taken by ambulance to University Hospital of North Durham in Durham city, but sadly died from his injuries several hours later.

A spokeswoman for Durham Constabulary said two people – a 39-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman – have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in police custody.

A silver Audi A3 made off from the scene, and officers are urging anyone who may have seen the vehicle, or witnessed the collision, to come forward.

Anyone with information can Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 39 of December 23.