Tyne & Wear

Retired vicar Michael Malleson dies in road collision

A 69-year-old retired clergyman has died after his bicycle and a car collided in Newcastle.

Michael Malleson died in hospital a day after his bike and a Skoda car collided on Heaton Road in the city on 30 November, police said.

He was vicar of Killingworth in North Tyneside from 1993 until his retirement in 2006, since when he had supported several churches in the area.

The Diocese of Newcastle described Mr Malleson as a "well-respected priest".

'Greatly missed'

The Assistant Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Reverend Frank White, said: "Michael has served in the dioceses of Durham and Newcastle in a number of different situations and has been a very faithful and well-respected priest.

"In retirement he has continued to serve the people and parishes of east Newcastle and Heaton in particular and to support the work of the diocese.

"He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers go out to Eileen and the family, who are also known and loved here."

Mr Malleson also leaves two children, Adrian and Cath, and three grandchildren.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

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