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Man killed in honeymoon hit-and-run

A newlywed has died in a suspected hit-and-run crash while he was on his honeymoon abroad.

Ray Cottam, 55, died in Cancun, Mexico, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.

Mr Cottam, of Middlestown, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was on holiday with his new wife Karen after tying the knot at a hotel near Pontefract last Saturday, according to reports.

Mr Cottam reportedly worked for Fox's Biscuits in Batley, but had previously run a fish and chip shop in nearby Ossett.

Janet Barnes, 56, of Ossett, who worked with him at the chip shop and attended his wedding reception, told the Yorkshire Evening Post she was struggling to come to terms with what had happened.

She said: "He was a diamond - a one in a million. He would do anything for anyone. Him and Karen were made for each other. It is a total shock and we still can't believe it."

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was helping Mr Cottam's family.

A spokesman said: "We were made aware of the death of a British national in Cancun, Mexico on June 30.

"We are providing consular assistance to the family at this difficult time."

Mrs Cottam is now back home in Middlestown being comforted by family.


From Belfast Telegraph