A man in his 40s has died after he was hit by a vehicle in the early hours of this morning as police continue to appeal for information and witnesses.

Police and emergency services were called to Great North Road in Jesmond, Newcastle, following reports that a person had been hurt in an incident at 3am today (Thursday March 28).

Sadly, despite the best efforts of paramedics, the man who had sustained "serious injuries" was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist Northumbria Police officers.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene to assist officers with their enquiries.

Police are now appealing for anyone with information about the collision to contact them.

Sergeant John Sanderson, of the Force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the man who has sadly lost his life in this tragic incident.

“We will offer his loved ones all of the support they need as they attempt to come to terms with the events of the last 24 hours.”

Sgt Sanderson added: “A full investigation has been launched into the circumstances of the incident and we are appealing to anyone who saw what happened to contact us.

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“We are also particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam footage of the moments leading up to the collision, in particular, if you were travelling in either direction on Great North Road between Blue House Roundabout and Newcastle city centre.”

“Your information – no matter how insignificant you feel it may be – could prove vital in helping us ascertain exactly what took place.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should use the ‘Report’ page on the Northumbria Police website or call 101, quoting reference number NP-20240328-0058.