North Suffolk road campaign continues

POLICE in north Suffolk have renewed their appeal for information a week after three people from the same family were killed in an accident near Halesworth.

POLICE in north Suffolk have renewed their appeal for information a week after three people from the same family were killed in an accident near Halesworth.

Ivan Jeffery, 60, his 56-year-old wife Pamela and her mother, Constance Rome, 86, were killed when their silver Honda Accord was involved in an accident on the A144 at Ilketshall St Lawrence between Halesworth and Bungay.

Mr Jeffery had been driving north towards Bungay when his car was involved in a collision with a white Toyota Starlet and a brown bulk grain lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

The crash happened at about 3.45pm on Thursday, July 10, and police officers investigating the accident want to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicles being driven prior to the incident.


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"We are asking anyone who thinks they may have seen the Toyota or the lorry travelling south from Bungay or the Honda, which was heading north, to get in touch," said a police spokeswoman.

If anyone can help they are asked to get in touch with PC Hamish Philip at the Halesworth Traffic Unit on 01986 835350.

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Meanwhile the campaign for road safety improvements to be carried out on the A144 as a matter of urgency is being stepped up.

The EADT has joined with local residents and council representatives in calling for safety measures to be introduced on the busy road between the two north Suffolk market towns as a matter of urgency.

Spexhall parish council chairman Keith Wilkinson said he was convinced that action needed to be taken as soon as possible to prevent another tragedy.

"There is a 30mph limit through part of the road at Spexhall and people living along that stretch have noticed a great improvement.

"What worries me and my fellow parish councillors is the safety of people living outside the 30mph limit," said Mr Wilkinson.

He is especially concerned for the safety of children who wait at different locations alongside the road to catch the bus to school.

"There are a number of youngsters who have to wait alongside the road every day to catch their bus to school.

"I believe that something has to be done to slow the traffic down to improve their safety," he said.

Mr Wilkinson said his parish council had been calling on Suffolk County Council to improve the area around the crossroads at Noller's Lane and Church Lane for some time but were still waiting to hear if this work will be carried out.

"The parish council is fully behind our county councillors who are also calling for this road to be made safer," said Mr Wilkinson.

Morris Rose and Peter Aldous, who represent the Halesworth and Bungay areas on the county council, have both written to highways officers calling for road safety improvements to be carried out on the A144 as a matter of urgency.

Mr Rose said he was aware of a number of accidents occurring on the road over the years and that something had to be done.

"I do not know the causes of this latest tragedy but personally I would like to see a 50mph limit introduced along the whole stretch of the road between Halesworth and Bungay because there are so many turnings and junctions," he said.

Police and highways experts are continuing their investigations into the latest accident.

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