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A DUSTCART driver is facing prosecution for careless driving and speeding over the death of 26-year-old Suffolk businessman.

Will Clarke

A DUSTCART driver is facing prosecution for careless driving and speeding over the death of 26-year-old Suffolk businessman.

Stephen Alderton, 46, of Rose Lane, Romford, has been summonsed to appear in court to face the charges following the incident in which Gareth Weiland died.

Mr Weiland, of Boxford, near Sudbury, was involved in a collision with the dustcart after he got out of a taxi in Bow east London in the early hours of May 26.


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The businessman, who had been enjoying an evening watching rugby sevens with friends at Twickenham, suffered devastating head injuries and died at the Royal London Hospital.

Within hours his parents took the decision to allow his organs to be used to save others - in honour of their “generous and kind” son.

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Marianne and John Weiland, of the Causeway, Boxford, who said they would attend the court case, are planning a permanent memorial to their son in the village. They said their son's death had left them bereft.

Mrs Weiland said it was difficult to express her feelings but thanked the village for its kind support and words of tribute since her son's death.

She said: “Everyone has said such nice things about Gareth. We know their words are true and it has been wonderful to hear them.”

Mr Weiland said he would remember his son's sporting and business achievements: “If it was there to do Gareth would do it. Even while he was at university in Nottingham he would come back to the village to play in sports matches.

“He was outgoing and everyone who met him liked him.”

After university the 26-year-old had followed his father into the telephone industry and was carving a successful career when tragedy struck.

He had spent the last 15-months of his life working for a communications firm in Buckinghamshire but still made time to attend sporting and social events in Boxford.

His sister, Helen Barkworth-Knight, said she had remained close to her brother despite his studies and career taking him far from home.

“I have never known anyone with so many friends,” she said. “He was such a generous, funny and gentle person who lived a full life - at weekends you felt lucky to have a few hours with him.”

Mr Alderton is set to appear at Barking Magistrates Court on Jan 28.

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