A binman who died a month after he was hit by a car has been described as a "true gentleman" and "devoted family man".

Mark Tuthill was struck by a black Mercedes S350 as he crossed Alderton Hill shortly after 2.25pm on March 10 this year.

Mr Tuthill was taken to hospital with a broken leg and later discharged following surgery.

However, the 47-year-old passed away around a month later on April 20.

Essex Police are investigating whether there is a link between his death and the injuries sustained in the collision.

As those enquiries continue, the family have issued a tribute to Mr Tuthill who they say was a "passionate" West Ham football fan.

They described him as “a very devoted family man" who loved spending time with his sister, nephew and nieces, and spoke of how he "adored his mum" and how he was there for her, "always".

Mr Tuthill was hailed as a "true gentleman" and "very kind and loving and always smiling and laughing".

His family also spoke with pride when they said he "touched the heart of everyone he met", adding they all “miss him so much” and that Mr Tuthill will "leave a huge void in so many people’s lives”.

They said: “Mark will always be loved and greatly missed by everyone who knew him.”

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Officers continue to appeal for witnesses to the collision on Loughton as they progress enquiries into what happened.

A 62-year-old man from Chingford is helping Police with their enquiries into an offence of causing death by careless driving.

Officers are also keen to speak to the driver of a silver Mercedes GLA that was driving behind the bin lorry in Alderton Hill at the time of the collision.

Any other witnesses or anyone who has any CCTV, dash cam, or doorbell footage is asked to contact Essex Police.

Police can be contacted via https://www.essex.police.uk or 101 quoting incident 625 of 10 March.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.