Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Belchamp Otten: Lucky escape for brothers as tree crashes down on their cars

16:38 16 February 2014

Two brothers had a lucky escape after a tree fell on their cars at The Red Lion in Belchamp Otten. Photo: Martin Runnacles

Two brothers had a lucky escape after a tree fell on their cars at The Red Lion in Belchamp Otten. Photo: Martin Runnacles

Archant

Two brothers had a lucky escape after a tree crashed onto their cars in a pub car park during Friday’s gale force winds.

shares
Two brothers had a lucky escape after a tree fell on their cars at The Red Lion in Belchamp Otten. Photo: Martin RunnaclesTwo brothers had a lucky escape after a tree fell on their cars at The Red Lion in Belchamp Otten. Photo: Martin Runnacles

Richard Webber, 70, and his brother David, 68, had taken their wives for a drink at The Red Lion in Belchamp Otten on Valentine’s Day.

Richard, who lives in Clare with wife Sue, said: “We both pulled into the car park at the same time and parked up.

“We got out of the cars and turned around to see this huge conifer tree which was blowing about quite a lot so I said to David that we had better move them.

“We got in the cars and started them but didn’t manage to get anywhere because we were covered by the tree that came crashing down right on top of us.

“But luckily the big heavy tree trunk fell between the cars and we were unhurt.”

He said his brother’s car, a Saab convertible, was completely wrecked but that his Vauxhall Astra survived relatively unscathed with a dent and broken wing mirror.

Richard added: “We had several drinks afterwards although we actually laughed about it.

“Both David and I want to thank the staff and customers at the pub for helping organise the clear up.

“They did a magnificent job so we could get the cars out.”

shares
Colchester General Hospital

A new permanent chief executive has been appointed to lead the trust running Colchester’s hospitals.

The Woodbridge Heritage Group are campaigning against the proposed relocation of

For 35 years it has been rooted to the same spot in a Suffolk town – representing a defiant stand against an unyielding adversary.

Town players Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse visited The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley on Thursday 27 August and officially named the charity’s newest male foal as Bluey. 

The naming of the male foal comes as part of a new partnership between the Football Club and the Suffolk Punch charity. Ipswich Town will be working to support the work of the rare horse breed charity by offering assistance with fundraising and awareness campaigns.
L-R Luke Chambers,Bluey,Cole Skuse,Rob Lambert and Alex Bailey.

Everybody, meet Bluey - the newest addition to the team at the Suffolk Punch Trust, officially named by Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers and player Cole Skuse yesterday.

More needs to be done to keep cyclists safe in Ipswich

More action is needed to making cycling in Ipswich safe and accessible.

Police were called to the scene

Police are urging residents not to leave valuable items in their cars and make sure outbuildings are secure following a spate of thefts from vehicles and garages this week.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court

A 50-year-old Ipswich woman has been banned from keeping animals for 10 years after admitting welfare offences relating to her five cats and two dogs.

Police are appealing for witnesses

Suspicious activity was reported to Suffolk police yesterday after a vehicle containing a group of men and dogs was seen parked in a field in Coney Weston.

Police have released these CCTV images following a phone theft from restaurant

CCTV images of a man have been released after a phone was stolen from a restaurant in Edith Cook Way, Ipswich, last month.

Suffolk has gone up 22 places in the league table for pupils achieving expected standards in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2.

Results for 11-year-olds in Suffolk are improving, according to the latest SATS results which show the county moving up national league tables.

Sheepen Place office development scheme at night - artist's impression

Proposals have been submitted for two new office buildings planned for central Colchester.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages