15-year-old charged with death by dangerous driving in Stokesley

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tributes: Douglas Scott Robertson Tributes: Douglas Scott Robertson

A 15-YEAR-OLD boy has tonight been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Police earlier named the victim as Douglas Scott Robertson, of Stokesley, North Yorkshire.

He died in a collision involving a silver Range Rover which was being driven along the town's North Road at around 12.20pm when it left the road.

Mr Robertson had been walking into town from his nearby home.

His mother Jean North said: "My son Douglas was kind and clever, intelligent and shy.

"He was Tracey's big brother and her best friend. He will be missed by his family and friends and leaves a gap in our lives that no-one else can fill.

"We can't believe he has been taken from us."

As well as causing death by dangerous driving, the 15-year-old was charged with aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

An 18-year-old local man was also charged with aggravated vehicle taking. Both were remanded in custody and will appear before Northallerton magistrates in the morning (TUES).

Police have this evening arrested a third person in connection with the fatal collision. The 23-year-old man was arrested in County Durham and is currently in police custody in North Yorkshire.

A 48-year-old man from Brompton-on-Swale, Richmondshire, has been charged with obstructing an officer during the investigation.

He has been released on conditional bail and is due to attend Northallerton Magistrates' Court on Friday, February 8.

Leaflets were also handed out in the town by the local Safer Neighbourhood Team appealing for information.

Speaking earlier, Assistant Chief Constable Iain Spittal thanked the local community for their patience, support and understanding.

He said: "Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Mr Robertson's family and friends.

"I also want the local community to know how much we appreciate their support and co-operation as we continue to investigate this terrible incident, which has shocked and distressed many local people.

"We know how this type of incident can affect a small and usually peaceful community like Stokesley and appreciate that at times like this, reassurance is paramount."

He said that the investigation was progressing thanks to "valuable assistance" from the public but added that anyone else with information was urged to come forward.

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