Bramford: Man arrested for second time after horses stray again near A14

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A 26-YEAR-old man who is on police bail after a fatal accident involving horses on the A14 has been arrested again following a second incident.

On Saturday afternoon 21 horses were seen straying in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford, close to the A14.

The incident occurred less that two months after 23-year-old Thomas Allen was fatally injured when up to four cars collided with loose horses which had wandered on to the dual carriageway near Sproughton.

The Christmas Eve collisions also claimed the lives of three horses, including a mare in foal.

Police have confirmed a man was detained following Saturday’s incident

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Richard Jones, a spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of offences under the Highways Act. He has been released on bail until February 28.”

Although the suspect has not been named it is understood he is the same person who was arrested on suspicion of causing danger to road users as a result of the fatal accident on Christmas Eve.

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The suspect was released on police bail after he was questioned about the tragedy. He must report back to police on February 28 in relation to that incident.

Last Saturday the 21 horses were seen straying near the A14 after managing to get out of a field.

They were rounded-up and taken to a secure area for their safety and the safety of road users.

Mr Allen, who worked at Booker Cash and Carry in Ipswich, was one of the motorists who collided with horses at around 10.20pm on Christmas Eve.

On that occasion six horses were said to have wandered on to the carriageway.

Mr Allen, of Soham, Cambridgeshire, sustained serious head injuries and died at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day.

A 20-year-old woman, who was his front-seat passenger, was also taken to hospital, but her injuries were not believed to be serious. No other motorists were hurt.

There were at least two previous instances of horses getting loose in the same area.

In September last year two horses were killed when five strayed on to the A14 slip road near the Whitehouse junction.

On December 16 there were reports a number of horses had got out and were roaming around people’s gardens.

In a tribute Mr Allen, his family said: “Words cannot express the loss and devastation we are all feeling. Thomas was simply the perfect son.

“He was a kind, thoughtful, happy young man, with a wicked sense of humour. He was liked and loved by everyone who met him. Life was going really well when he tragically died. He was on the way to great things.

“All our lives will never be the same.”

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