Suffolk man killed on holiday in Italy

A 61-YEAR-old man from Suffolk has died after a car crash in northern Italy.

Laurence Cawley

A 61-YEAR-old man from Suffolk has died after a car crash in northern Italy.

The Greater Suffolk Coroner is awaiting formal notification of the death of Peter Mills, a businessman who lived in Rembrandt Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

His death on Wednesday in San Leonardo in north eastern Italy, was today confirmed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which said it was offering support to his family.

Friends and those who knew him have told how Mr Mills was a popular and well-known man in the town.

One of them, Robert Wright, of Rembrandt Way, in Bury, had his kitchen fitted by Mr Mills.

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He described Mr Mills' death as a “great shame” and said: “He was an excellent tradesman and was very well regarded. I knew him and his wife Pauline as well.”

He said Mr Mills' death would be a loss to the community, which he described as one in which people knew each other but did not live in each others' pockets.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We can confirm the death of Peter Mills in San Leonardo on Wednesday. We are providing consular assistance.”

It is understood Mr Mills, whose wife Pauline died of cancer a few years ago, leaves two children and a brother in Felixstowe.