Relatives of a homeless man killed in an accident with a manoeuvring taxi have come forward.

Police put out an appeal after Scottish-born Dennis Gillespie, 64, died in hospital of head injuries after the accident in Durham City's Market Place at 10pm last Friday night.

Mr Gillespie was last known to be staying at a men's hostel in Newcastle about a fortnight before the accident.

Yesterday Durham Police said members of Mr Gillespie's family had contacted them.

"Mr Gillespie was one of a large family of nine brothers and sisters," he said.

"A distant relative spotted an item about the accident on Teletext and got in touch with a sister of Mr Gillespie's living in the South West of England who then got in touch with us."