Motorcyclist killed in village collision

A VILLAGE is in mourning for a young man who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.Jack Foreman, 20, who died when his bike was in a collision with a car, was said to have been on the brink of fulfilling his dreams.

By David Green

A VILLAGE is in mourning for a young man who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident.

Jack Foreman, 20, who died when his bike was in a collision with a car, was said to have been on the brink of fulfilling his dreams.

He had achieved his long-held ambition to join the RAF and friends said he was due to get married later this year.


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Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident which occurred in New Street, Stradbroke, in a built-up area only a few hundred yards from the village centre, at noon on Saturday.

They particularly want to hear from anyone who saw the Suzuki motorcycle being driven before the collision took place, near the junction of New Street with Woodfields.

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Jack, who was declared dead at the scene of the crash, was one of the three children of Nick and Sylvia Foreman of Westhall, Stradbroke.

The family, which includes Jack's older brother, Jonathan, and his sister, Emma, were too upset to talk to the East Anglian Daily Times yesterday.

But friends said the young man had been full of life and looking forward to a long career in the RAF and marriage to his partner later this year.

Jack, a former pupil at Stradbroke High School, followed his brother to become a member of the local Flag Deck Party - a group of youngsters who officiated at an annual village Navy Day festival and who raised and lowered the flags on top of Stradbroke Church tower throughout the year.

Other members of the group lowered a flag to half-mast on Saturday as a sign of respect.

The accident happened near the home of ex-sailor, Alan MacNee, 78, who ran the Flag Deck Party until he retired two years ago. "We're all devastated by what has happened," he said.

Rev David Streeter, rector of Stradbroke, said Jack had moved to the village with his family just after he was born and described the young man's death was a tragedy.

"He was a lively and energetic young man who was at the start of his chosen career and he had so much ahead of him. His mates felt he had done so well," he added.

The five occupants of the BMW car involved in the collision with the motorcycle were all unhurt.

Anyone who may have seen the collision or could help the police's inquiries into the accident is asked to contact Pc Graham Newsome, of Suffolk police, on 01986 835350 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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