Nottingham police send appeal to Newcastle United fans after death of ‘much loved father’ on Friday night

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Newcastle United fans may hold a vital piece of evidence to help the family of a ‘much-loved father and husband’ get justice.

Police in Nottingham have asked Newcastle United fans for help after a 'much-loved father and husband' was killed when hit by a car on Friday night.

Vasile Predoiu, a 66-year-old man from Broxtowe, was hit by a car in the Bobbers Mill area of Nottingham at around 10:25 pm on March 17.

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The incident happened just a 15-minute drive away from The City Ground, where the match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest had ended less than an hour before.

The car involved is said to have initially left the scene but did then return a short time later. Nottinghamshire Police have arrested two 23-year-old men on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The first man was also arrested on suspicion of causing death by driving whilst unlicensed and uninsured and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. The second man was also held on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Given the proximity of the tragedy from the Premier League meeting, police have appealed to Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest fans to check their dashcam footage if they were making their way home through Bobbers Mill after the game.

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Bobbers Mill is just north of the Nottingham city centre and a route from the stadium to the M1 passes through the area. Police are particularly interested in seeing footage of a dark-blue Audi A3 in the area at the time.

Vasile Predoiu lost his life on Friday night (Image: Nottinghamshire Police)Vasile Predoiu lost his life on Friday night (Image: Nottinghamshire Police)
Vasile Predoiu lost his life on Friday night (Image: Nottinghamshire Police) | Nottinghamshire Police

Detective Constable Emma Temple, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a devastating incident and the family are still coming to terms with the shock and grief of losing a much-loved father and husband. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

“We continue to investigate the full circumstances around what happened and our appeal for information remains - if anyone saw a dark blue Audi A3 being driven in Bobbers Mill or the surrounding area around the time of the collision, please get in touch.

“In particular, if anyone has dashcam footage that could be useful to us, please give us a call.

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“I would also appeal to Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United supporters to check their dashcam footage if they were making their way home via Bobbers Mill following Friday night’s fixture at the City Ground, as they may have passed the suspect vehicle.”