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Family of Melrose student who died after being hit by car appeal for information

Photo: David Ferguson

The father of a Borders student who died following a crash at the weekend is appealing for information on his son's last steps.

20-year-old George Crawford from Melrose died after being hit by a car in Newport in the early hours of Sunday morning.

George was studying agriculture at Newport's Harper Adams University.

Police say there were difficulties in the investigation which led to the misidentification of George.

His father, Cameron Crawford, published an emotional appeal online:

"We are desperate for any information - people he was with or even the name of the pub he was in. No-one is coming forward. Please help Mary and I to understand his last few hours.

"We are completely heartbroken that no one wants to talk to us. To know how your son led his last hours is all we want to know. Please help us."

– Cameron Crawford
Mary, George and Lucinda Crawford Credit: David Ferguson

West Mercia police gave ITV Border this statement:

Difficulties were experienced in the early stage of this investigation which tragically led to the misidentification of George. Our enquiries are ongoing at this time and our sympathies remain with the family."

– Inspector Nigel Webster, West Mercia police

Comedian Rory Bremner has shared the appeal for information on social media:

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George's parents, Cameron and Mary Crawford Credit: David Ferguson

The collision happened at the junction of Forton Road and Sunny Gardens at 4.10am on Sunday.

George was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital, but died shortly after.

The driver of a car at the scene was unhurt.

Police say enquiries are ongoing and are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.