A man who killed a new grandfather when his speeding car rammed into a bus shelter which collapsed on the man is wanted on recall to prison.

Ryan Gilling was jailed in January 2019 for causing death by dangerous driving after a horror crash in Shotton Colliery near Peterlee.  

Durham Police have today (Tuesday, November 28) appealed for information on his whereabouts as he is wanted on recall to prison. 

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A hearing at Teesside Crown Court in 2019 was told that just two weeks before the tragedy, the then 26-year-old had completed a one-year driving ban imposed for "racing on a highway" in Scotland.

He left the scene of the accident after passers-by helped him from the wreckage of his BMW, but he returned and fled again, the court heard.

Another driver, whose car was also shunted by the BMW and written off, said it looked like he was "either racing or playing Russian roulette".

Gilling, then of Manor House Estate, in nearby Hutton Henry, admitted causing death by dangerous driving. He was doing 70mph in the 40mph zone and was on the wrong side of the B1280. Manor House Estate, in Hutton Henry.

Gilling was also banned from the roads for six years and four months.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Durham Police said: "Have you seen Ryan Gilling?

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"The 33-year-old is wanted on recall to prison for death by dangerous driving.

"Ryan is around 5ft 10 inches, with blue eyes and a North East accent. He has links to Peterlee.

"If you have seen him or know where he is, you can tell Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website."