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Tributes flow in for charity worker killed in weekend horror crash; GRANDMOTHER DIES AFTER BMW HITS POLE AND HOUSE.

Byline: MICHAEL MUNCASTER Reporter michael.muncaster@trinitymirror.com @MICHAELMJOURNO

TRIBUTES have been paid to a grandmother who died following a crash just yards from her Tyneside home.

Sylvia Mallaby, 60, was killed when a BMW hit a telegraph pole, ploughed through a garden wall and crashed into a house.

Emergency services were called to Bentinck Road in Newcastle's West End at around 3pm on Saturday but Mrs Mallaby was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paying tribute to his neighbour, Naseem Pervez Sylvia angel and described her as a "wonderful, bubbly and happy person".

our world It's horrific "We've lived here for around 30 years and we got on together so well - she was like family," the 64-year-old said.

"She became more than a neighbour and we'd spend time together, going around her house for food and drinks.

"Sylvia was a little angel and it has left our world empty. It's absolutely horrific she was taken away from us but her name and story will go on."

Mum-of-two Mrs Mallaby worked for the charity Changing Lives for more than two decades, helping some of the city's most underprivileged people.

The charity's chief executive Stephen Bell said: "Sylvia was a close colleague for over 20 years.

a little it has left empty. absolutely she was "She was a caring and compassionate lady who supported, helped and cared for thousands of homeless people during her long career with Changing Lives.

"A warm, kind-hearted and funny woman, Sylvia will be remembered and mourned not only by our staff but also the people she looked after.

"There is never a good time for tragedy to strike but our thoughts are with her husband Billy and her family at this time.

"Sylvia always saw the positive in people and had a belief in helping those less fortunate than herself. She was a lovely person and one that we will all miss."

Mr Pervez added: "She was loved by all the staff and residents. We're going to miss her so much."

Police cordoned off part of Bentinck Road for more than six hours on Saturday, while forensic teams carried out their investigations and cleared debris.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "At about 3pm police received a report of a single vehicle collision on Bentinck Road.

"Emergency services attended after a BMW collided with a pedestrian and hit a house. Sadly the pedestrian, a 60-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene."

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerousdriving and released on bail inquiries. Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 and quote the reference number 594 16/12/17, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

NEWCASTLE's West on Saturday was pronounced the more than two some of the The "Sylvia was a little angel and it has left our world empty. It's absolutely horrific she was taken away from us Naseem Pervez

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