Tributes have been paid to a "beloved" grandad who died following a crash near Easington Village.

Motorcyclist Colin Ede was travelling on the A1086 Northbound slip road when he collided with a lamppost just before 3.45pm on Tuesday afternoon. 

The 66-year-old was tragically pronounced dead at the scene, despite the best efforts of emergency services. Mr Ede’s children, Natalie and Richard, have now released a heartbreaking tribute, saying he passed away "doing what he loved."

They said: "It is with great sadness that I write this post. "Yesterday, our beloved dad, Colin Ede, grandad to Jacob, Isabelle, George and Olivia, partner of Sue, passed away in a road traffic accident, doing what he loved, riding his motorbike.

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"He will be forever in our hearts xx.”

Durham Constabulary has confirmed that an investigation is now ongoing to establish the circumstances of the crash. 

If you have any information or dashcam footage, contact the force's serious collision investigation Unit on 101 or email