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Tribute paid to 'loving' death crash husband and wife

David and Helen Balneaves
Image caption David and Helen Balneaves died in the St Cyrus accident

The children of a couple who died when their car crashed into an Aberdeenshire cafe have paid tribute to them.

David Balneaves, 59, and his wife Helen, 61, of Inverbervie, died when their car crashed in St Cyrus on Sunday.

Their three children, David, Dean and Claire, said they were a "loving couple" who would be "hugely missed".

David said: "Mum and dad have recently become grandparents and were loving their new role."

He added: "It devastates us that they won't get the chance to see the next generation of their family growing up."

The children said the "tragic deaths" left a "huge hole in all our lives which we can't begin to come to terms with".

Grampian Police have asked members of the public to contact them if they saw the black Vauxhall Insiginia on the A92 near St Cyrus on Sunday.

The car was involved in a minor collision with a Peugeot just south of St Cyrus.

It crashed into the Old Bakery coffee shop just moments later.

The owners, who were in another part of the building at the time, were unhurt.

Mr and Mrs Balneaves - the only people in the car - died at the scene.

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