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11 January 2012, 05:11 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
The family of a man who died after being hit by a police car responding to a 999 call in South Shields have paid tribute to him
50 year old Vince Gibson, of Shaw Avenue in South Shields was knocked down and killed on Saturday 7th of January on Whiteleas Way in South Shields.
His wife, 47 year old Mrs Sandra Gibson,and her sons Liam, 19, and Michael, 17 said:
"Vince was a well loved and loving husband and father.
We're finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened and we're grateful for the support of our family and friends who are helping with this.
We also acknowledge the support of the police and understand a full investigation is being conducted into what happened."