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Driver in court charged with murdering elderly pedestrian

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A 38-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of an elderly pedestrian who died following a series of crashes.

Terrence Radford, 87, was pronounced dead shortly after an incident in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, in which a car collided with a number of other vehicles and a pedestrian.

Retired teacher Terry Radford was pronounced dead shortly after an incident in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, in which a car collided with a number of other vehicles and a pedestrian.

Mr Radford's family described the 87-year-old as "the most wonderful dad and granddad" and spoke of their devastation after his death.

Terrence Radford Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Gavin Collins appeared at Nottingham Magistrates' Court on Monday, charged with murdering the former councillor.

Wearing a light green T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms, he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth in a seven-minute hearing.

Collins has also been charged with kidnap, robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of burglary and two counts of aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent.

Police were originally called to a report that a car had crashed into a residential building in nearby Skegby at 9.10am on Good Friday.

An air ambulance attended the scene of the second incident to treat the pedestrian for his injuries, but he was was pronounced dead a short time later.

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In a tribute released after his death, Mr Radford's family said: "We're absolutely devastated at the loss of the most wonderful dad and granddad who was loved and respected by everyone.

"He was the hub of our family. He was 87 but remained intelligent, articulate and funny. He was great company to be with and was as sharp as a pin.

"He was extremely fit and most people took him for a healthy 70-year-old."

The statement continued: "Having looked after mum who had extreme dementia, and who we lost last September, he was finally getting his life back.

"He had three holidays planned for this year including to the USA and a European river cruise.

Now he won't get to live out those dreams and his family and wide circle of friends won't get to share more great times with him.

– Family statement

"We ask for privacy at this extremely difficult and upsetting time."

Collins, of Addison Street, Tibshelf, Derbyshire, was remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on April 24.