A community is in shock after a well known and liked businessman was killed after being struck by two vehicles.
Wayne Stansfield, 48, of J.T. Stansfield butchers, Todmorden, was hit by two cars as he crossed Halifax Road around 9pm on Sunday night.
Friends and members of the public rushed to the accident scene from the Wellington Inn to lift one of the cars off Mr Stansfield but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emotional tributes have been paid to the popular butcher and flowers have been left at the scene near to the business.
Coun Abid Hussain, a former Mayor of Todmorden, said: “The whole of Todmorden is in shock.
He described Mr Stansfield as a “very, very nice hard working family man who was liked by everyone in the town.
“I knew him all my life. It is all very sad and I was shocked when I heard about it,” he said.
Mrs Marie Brookes, who co-owns the Wellington Inn with her husband Wally, described the scene of the incident on Sunday night.
“Around eight men rushed outside the pub and lifted the car off Wayne. When they managed to lift the car off of him, they saw him. They were all devastated.”
Wally, who helped at the scene on Sunday, said: “It’s just upsetting. Wayne was brilliant. He was one of the boys.
“He was a very family orientated and hard working man.”
Businesses in Todmorden were shocked to hear of the incident and paid tribute to Mr Stansfield.
Pam Kirby, owner of Kaffe 53, said: “He was just such a well-known person and a really friendly guy. He will be missed.”
When Wayne featured in a television programme with illusionist Derren Brown several years ago, the wider public got a snapshot of the generous personality which had long since endeared him to his many friends in Todmorden, many of whom have paid tribute to him this week on social media.
Mr Stansfield leaves his family including wife Lisa and daughter Josie.
As a boy Wayne was a member of the 13th Calder Valley Cubs and Scouts at Cornholme, and later the 20th Calder Valley Venture Scouts, playing a full role in the movement as he grew up. His many interests in later life included playing in several of Todmorden’s indoor games leagues.
He went to Todmorden Grammar School, later Todmorden High School, leaving to train with his dad James, whose butcher’s shop, J. T. Stansfield, was originally at Water Street, Todmorden, with his brothers Sean and Dean. Later the business moved to its Halifax Road premises.
Police have confirmed that two local men, aged 27 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident and have been released on bail.
Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Sergeant Carole Greaves, from West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “The incident occurred around 9pm on Sunday night when the pedestrian was crossing the road, close to Duke of York public house, when he was struck by two vehicles - a black coloured Audi A3 and a silver coloured Toyota Yaris - that were believed to be travelling close to each other at the time.
“The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I’m appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone seeing the manner in which both vehicles, which were travelling towards Todmorden town centre, were being driven in the time prior to the collision.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Enquiry Team via: 101 and quoting crime reference: 131500105063.