A man who died in a road accident has been named.
Paul Mellor, 46, from Ludworth, in County Durham, died after the silver Lexus he was driving left the A183 road near Chester-le-Street and hit a stone wall on Sunday.
Mr Mellor was a window fitter by trade who had been with Safeseal for the last nine years.
A tribute released today by his family read: "Paul was a loving son to Kathleen and David, a stepson to Alan and Trish, a much-loved brother to his siblings, and boyfriend of Leanne.
"He had a love for motor vehicles and would spend many an hour tinkering with them.
"Paul will be sadly missed by everyone, he was a man with a unique character and was fondly thought of by all who knew him."
Anyone who has information is asked to call the collision investigation unit on 0191 375 2159.