THE family of a man who died following a collision in Epping have paid tribute, saying their 'world will never be the same'.

Leslie Albert Thomas Welland, 79, from Barton Seagrave, Northants was described by his family as their beloved husband, dad, brother, granddad, great-granddad, uncle and friend and explained how "our world will never be the same following his loss."

Mr Welland died following a collision that occurred in Poplar Row, Theydon Bois, just after 10.15pm on Sunday 12 March when he was walking his dog.

His family added that "he was known in his village by his fellow dog walkers and was devoted to his ever-loyal dog, Chico, who also lost his life.

"We appreciate all the messages of condolence and support from friends, family and the community.

"He may be gone but will never be forgotten."

Mr Welland’s family went on to thank the ambulance and air ambulance crews for their attempts to save him.

A spokesman from Essex Police said: "We continue to appeal for witnesses and dash cam footage to the serious collision that occurred in Poplar Row, Theydon Bois, involving a Smart car and Mr Welland who, sadly, died at the scene.

"The driver, a 20-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

"If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us.

"You can let us know by submitting a report on our website or by using our online Live Chat service.

"Visit to find out more about our website reporting services.

"Alternatively, you can call us on 101.

"In an emergency always call 999.

"If you want to make an anonymous report, you can contact the independent charity on Twitter at @CrimestoppersUK, by visiting their website or by calling 0800 555 111.

"Please quote incident 1277 of March 12 when providing any information to make sure it gets to the right person as quickly as possible."