The grieving family of an Erith father who died after being struck have paid tribute, saying he "had so much to give".

Marc Allen, 51, suffered fatal head injuries when he tried to challenge a suspected car thief who attempted to steal his car from his driveway on December 29, 2019.

He was taken to Kings College Hospital and placed into a coma, where he died a month later on January 29.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to cover his funeral costs.

Family member Nicole Bouchard: "To everyone who may not yet have heard the news, our dear Marc Allen who was a son, brother and father died following a tragic murder while protecting his car from being stolen on the December 29.

"Following this awful attack Marc was in a coma with severe head injuries for over a month before passing away on the 29th January.

"His family is currently grieving at this tragic and wasteful lost of life, he had so much to give and was at the young age of 51.

"He was taken from us far too soon.

"Funeral plans are still being arranged, and any updates regarding locations and times will be posted here.

"We are currently seeking donations towards the cost of his funeral.

"Any donations will be greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance."

Police launched a murder investigation and a 27-year-old man was arrested last Friday on suspicion of murder and burglary.

He was taken into custody at an east London police station where he remains.

Detectives believe on the night of the incident, Mr Allen came out of his property to challenge a man attempting to steal his car from his driveway.

The suspect, who was inside the grey Mercedes GLA, deliberately drove towards the victim, hitting him and forcing him over the top of the car.

Scotland Yard said the suspect then left the scene in the car, leaving Mr Allen lying in the driveway with head injuries.

Neighbours said on Saturday they were shocked to hear of Mr Allen's death.

Jerry Gould, 43, said he was saddened to hear about the incident.

He told the PA news agency: "He was a very nice guy. My dog got out one day, ran away to a few streets away and Marc went out and brought him back for me.

"He recognised him and knew he shouldn't be out on his own. I was so grateful when he brought him back."