Roadside tributes to death crash pair

A POIGNANT roadside tribute last night marked the scene of a road accident that claimed the lives of a young man and a woman.Jennifer Winton, 23, and Phillip Cotton, 20, died after a Peugeot 205 car left the main road from Ipswich to Shotley and crashed in an embankment.

A POIGNANT roadside tribute last night marked the scene of a road accident that claimed the lives of a young man and a woman.

Jennifer Winton, 23, and Phillip Cotton, 20, died after a Peugeot 205 car left the main road from Ipswich to Shotley and crashed in an embankment.

They had been travelling with two friends and were going around a notoriously bend shortly before the junction of the B1456 and the B1080 near Freston when the vehicle skidded across the central island at about 9.45pm on Thursday.

A collection of flower bouquets and written tributes have been laid by the side of the ditch where the accident near Freston took place.


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One read: "To Jenny. We love you always and you will be sorely missed. Lots of love Mum, Dad and Bonny XXX."

Another read: "Phill… It's the last thing I expected to happen. I thought we'd have loads more memories. I know I'll see you again soon."

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Shotley parish councillor Wendy Corness , of Kirkton Close, said the accident highlighted the need for safety work to be carried out along the route.

"It's the same old story. It's a junction that's been needing to be dealt with forever and a day," she added.

Two other men, also believed to be in their 20s, were taken to Ipswich Hospital after the accident – one of them was described as having critical injuries.

A fourth man suffered minor injuries. No other vehicle was involved.

Police yesterdaynamed the victims as Jennifer Winton, of Holly Road, Kesgrave, and Phillip Cotton, of Orwell Road, Ipswich.

Both families were too devastated to talk last night.

Police also named the pedestrian who died after colliding with a car on the slip road of the A14 at the Seven Hills interchange, near Nacton, on Thursday night as Alan Powell, 39, from Felixstowe.

Marion Leeson and Elizabeth Aldous , who chair Holbrook and Freston Parish Councils respectively, said both councils had been trying for years to get something done about the junction.

Mrs Leeson said: "The problem of that junction and asked-for improvements has been commented on many, many occasions, last time at a public meeting in the village hall in May. This has been an accident waiting to happen. There have been numerous small accidents there."

Miss Aldous said she too had received many comments about the dangers of the junction.

She said: "The parish council has had concerns about that junction for some time and we have great concerns about the road through Freston.

She added that it was one of the main concerns about the HMS Ganges redevelopment and it was one of the reasons why it had been suggested a meeting should be held for people living on the peninsula.

A first meeting for all parishes and the public is being held in the Jellicoe Room at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, on Monday, September 1, at 7.30pm.

Representatives from Suffolk highways, the police, Central Suffolk Patient Care Trust, Babergh District Council, Suffolk Coast and Heaths and the Suffolk Preservation Society will be on hand for a fact-finding session about the potential problems and possible solutions for the community if such a large development were to go ahead.

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