Suffolk's roads claim three more lives

THE families of two young Suffolk men killed in a road crash paid tribute to them last night - as a third person died following yet another accident in the county.

THE families of two young Suffolk men killed in a road crash paid tribute to them last night - as a third person died following yet another accident in the county.

Matthew Sheridan, 22, and Charles Bevan, 20, both from Clare, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in the village on Friday night.

And there was further tragedy yesterday when a 60-year-old man, believed to come from Ipswich, was killed when his motorbike was in a collision with two cars in Horringer.

It brings the number of deaths on Suffolk's roads this year to 39, compared to 33 in the whole of last year.


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Last night, the devastated families of the two men killed in Clare issued tributes through Suffolk police.

The family of Mr Sheridan said: "Matthew was a wonderful son and brother, full of life and fun. His mother, brother, sister and father will miss him and will love him forever. The family request that their privacy be respected at this time of unimaginable grief.”

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And Charles Bevan's family also described how much he would be missed, saying: “Charlie was a kind-hearted son and brother, who enjoyed life to the full. Surfing was his love and we hope he is catching the waves in heaven.

“He will be greatly missed by his family and friends who all love him very much."

The Nissan convertible they were in was travelling along the A1092 Stoke Road from Clare towards Stoke by Clare at around 9.15pm on Friday when it crashed into a front garden. No other vehicles were involved.

Over the weekend, relatives of the two men visited the site of the crash to leave floral tributes to their loved ones.

One of the tributes, from Hattie, the sister of Mr Bevan, read: “You're the best brother I have ever had, well the only brother I have ever had. I will miss you so much and I will always love you.”

Another message read: “You will never be forgotten. Always in everyone's heart, loved always.”

The two deaths have left the village in a state of shock.

Rev John Rankin, vicar of St Peter and St Paul, said: “People are obviously very sad and it is the most awful thing to have happened. We have said our prayers for the two boys and their families.

“There is a profound sadness in the two parishes and it is such a terrible thing to have happened.

“I have visited one of the families. In these circumstances all one is able to do is express solidarity with people.”

Rosemary Warmington, chairman of Clare Parish Council, and her husband Les knew Charles Bevan. They said: “The only thing that is relevant is that there is a grieving family. We are thinking of his mother and his family at this time.”

The A1092 has claimed numerous lives in recent years as well as being the site of scores of serious injuries.

In 2001, 28-year-old Kay Fisher and Scott Bowles, 30, were killed after the car they were in left the A1092 and ploughed into a bungalow in Stoke Road, Clare. The accident happened close to the scene of Friday's crash.

And last year Daniel Goldsmith, 18, of Haverhill, died when his Ford Fiesta left the A1092 between Clare and Cavendish.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old biker died yesterday after a crash on the A143 at Horringer, near Bury St Edmunds.

It involved a motorcycle and two cars, a Saab and a Mercedes Benz. The rider, thought to be from the Ipswich area, was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The A143 at Horringer was shut after the accident, which happened shortly before 3pm.

A spokesman for the Suffolk force said: “A full investigation is underway and we are appealing for any witnesses who saw the accident to make contact.”

Anybody with information about the crash should contact PC Nicholas Spencer at Bury Road Policing Unit on 01284 774100, and if you have information about Friday night's accident call PC Julie Andrews at Bury St Edmunds Road Policing Unit on 01473 613500.

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