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Tribute paid after landlord death
Bob Todd: photo from South West News
Mr Todd was a keen charity fund-raiser for the village
The wife of a pub landlord who was killed in a hit-and-run crash has paid tribute to her husband.

Bob Todd, 46, died after being struck by a car in Pucklechurch, South Gloucs, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He was allegedly run down after he confronted a gang of teenagers who had attacked some youngsters.

Mr Todd's widow, Diane, said: "Bob was very much the heart and soul of the village." Six youths have been arrested and remain in police custody.

A 16-year-old girl, two men aged 18 and three 17-year-old boys are being questioned about Mr Todd's death and a violent assault on a 22-year-old man, who suffered a broken jaw in the attack.

Messages of support

Mr Todd, who ran the Star Inn in Pucklechurch, was a keen charity fund-raiser for local causes.

His wife added that she had been "overwhelmed" by the support she had received from the residents in the close-knit village.

"They've been very kind. We've had literally hundreds of messages of support," she said.

"It's wonderful. But I knew that would happen because they all loved Bob so much."

We've had literally hundreds of messages of support. It's wonderful. But I knew that would happen because they all loved Bob so much
Diane Todd, victim's wife

Malcolm Flood, the father of the man injured in the assault, said he did not know the landlord, who had intervened to help his son Kevin.

"It's just a tragedy. It should never have happened," he said.

A police spokesman said: "Police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about the movements of a blue Mazda 323 during Friday night or the early hours of Saturday morning."

He added that detectives were likely to apply to magistrates on Sunday for extra time to question the six suspects.




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