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Paul Armstrong death: Car crash victim was 'brilliant dad'

Paul Armstrong Image copyright Durham Police
Image caption Paul Armstrong was described as well-liked and had three children

A man who died when his car came off the road in County Durham, has been described as a "fun-loving and brilliant dad."

Paul Armstrong was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the A688 near Staindrop early on Sunday.

Police are still investigating how the 34-year-old from Cockfield lost control of his Ford Mondeo at Dunhouse Quarry.

Mr Armstrong's mother Kathleen said he was well-liked in the village and would be "sadly missed."

A stretch of the A688 was closed for more than four hours after the crash at 05:45 BST on Sunday.

Mrs Armstrong said: "Paul was a brilliant dad to his three children, Brandon, Grace and Max and loved spending time with all of them. He was a good son and brother.

"Paul was a carefree, fun-loving, happy man, who loved to play and watch football and played five-a-side on a Sunday morning.

"He was well liked within the village and had a large circle of friends."

Durham Police has appealed for witnesses.

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