Black and Decker inventor Ron Hickman dies

Ron Hickman
Image caption The Black and Decker Workmate, invented by Mr Hickman enabled millions to get into DIY

Tributes have been paid to Jersey inventor Ron Hickman who died in hospital aged 78, after suffering from a long illness.

He was best known for inventing the Black and Decker Workmate.

Mr Hickman also worked as a car designer for the Rob Walker Lotus team and designed the Lotus Elan.

His friend, former Formula 1 racing driver and local car garage owner, Derek Warwick, told BBC News he would be dearly missed.

"He was a kind, generous man," he said.

Mr Hickman passed away on Thursday morning.

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