Man arrested over 83 year old Bernard Smiths death

A man who died after a road traffic collision in Stafford now been named.

He has been formally identified as Bernard James Smith (known locally as Jim), 83, of Shakespeare Road, Stafford.

Mr Smith’s nieces, who continue to receive support from specially trained officers, have released the following statement:

“The family are finding it extremely difficult at this time but we would just like to say that our uncle Jim was very independent and enjoyed regular visits to the Highfields Social Club where he met his friends on a daily basis.”

A post mortem examination established the cause of his death was multiple chest injuries.

The 22-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident remains in police custody for questioning.