Boy aged 14 is arrested on suspicion of murder following attack on an estate plagued with anti-social behaviour

Martin Evans
David Cameron died following an attack near his home

A boy of 14 has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a father of two who was killed just yards from his front door in a street that has been plagued by antisocial behaviour.

David Cameron, 47, a bus driver, who had only been married a matter of months, died following an altercation on the housing estate where he lived in Consett, County Durham.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene just after 5.30pm on Thursday to reports that a man had collapsed in the street.

Desperate attempts were made to revive him, but he was declared dead at the scene, just 100 yards from where his lived with his second wife, Carol, who he married just four months ago.

One theory was that Mr Cameron was attacked when he went to remonstrate with a group of youths in the street.

Locals paid tribute to Mr Cameron, describing him as a hard working and respectable family man, who was liked by everyone. 

Neighbour, Aaron Woodhead, said: "I have known him since I was a little child. He was an absolutely lovely man. I adored him to bits. We did not expect anything like this."

Another local, Shiela Farah, 56, said: "He was a lovely man, I had a shop and he used to come in. A nice family man."

The incident took place in Consett, County Durham

Locals claimed that the area had been plagued with antisocial behavior in recent months with youths hanging around the streets causing trouble.

Mr Cameron, who worked for the Go Ahead transport company in Consett, is the son of a bus driver and his own son, Andy, also drives buses for the same company.

He had a daughter and two sons.

Harry Bunney, 71, a colleague at Go-Ahead, said: "Davey was the nicest lad you could wish to meet, I have known him since he was a young lad and came to the bus depot where I worked on work experience from school.

"He showed so much enthusiasm that I told the boss to keep an eye on him and give him a job as soon as he left, which he didn.

"I last spoke to him as I left work on Wednesday night and I took a call on Thursday night to say he'd been killed, it still hasn't really sunk in.

"He was a happy, lovely fellow and he'd only just got married, no more than four months ago. 

"There are lads from all over the country getting in touch who worked with him and no one can speak highly enough of him."

A 14-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Detective Superintendent Dave Ashton, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic incident for all involved, and I would like to offer my condolences to the victim’s family.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we are not looking for anybody else in connection with this incident.

“We have a dedicated team of officers and staff who have been working around the clock to establish exactly what happened.

A neighbour of Mr Cameron said: "I'd see him in the street often, he was a nice friendly man with kids of his own. I feel so dreadful for his family, I can't imagine what they're going through.

"When I first saw something happening I thought someone had been knocked down by a car. To be told someone had been murdered was a dreadful shock.

"It's a quiet residential street most of the time, it really shocked me when I heard a boy of 14 had been arrested. I have a daughter of that age and the idea of it is just shocking.