Tributes have been paid to a refuse collector who collapsed and died in Hartlepool this morning.
Hartlepool Borough Council suspended the household bin collections after the tragedy which was witnessed by the man's colleagues.
Tony Hanson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Assistant Director (Environment and Neighbourhood Services), said: “Our thoughts and sympathy are with our colleague’s family and friends at this very sad time.
“As people will appreciate, the sudden passing of a much-loved colleague at work has been very traumatic for the refuse collection team and they are extremely upset and shaken.
“As a result, we made the decision not to proceed with bin collections today and have sent the team home.
“We very much hope that residents whose bins haven’t been collected today will give us their understanding.
“The refuse collection team want to come into work tomorrow to cover the work which they haven’t been able to do today.
“Could I therefore please ask residents whose bins were scheduled to be collected today to please take their bins back in overnight tonight and put them out again tomorrow morning (Saturday 14 July) by 7am, ready for collection.
“In the very unlikely event that not every bin is collected tomorrow, any remaining bins will be collected on Monday.
“May I once again thank residents in advance for their understanding at this very sad time.”
Mr Hanson said scheduled bin collections next week will remain as normal.
Messages of condolences have been sent to the Mail's Facebook page.
Carole Coupland, said: "That's really sad condolences to his family and friends."
Anne Young, said: "Thinking of family, friends."
Sarah Thacker, added: "How tragic."
Angela Bunn-Close, said: "Prayers and thoughts for all that knew him."
Graham Johnson, said: "Condolences to family and friends."
Colette Fothergill, said: "So tragic and sad."
Linda Moore, added: "Thoughts and prayers are with with lad's family."
Janet Marie Alton, said: "RIP, so sad, thoughts and prayers sent to his family."
Marie Fox, said: "So so sad. R.I.P thoughts are with his family at this sad time."