Suffolk steel tragedy: Devastated families pay tribute to four men

THE devastated families of four Suffolk men killed in an horrific industrial accident paid moving tributes last night to their loved ones.

Brothers Thomas, 26, and Daniel Hazelton, 30, Peter Johnson, 42, and Adam Taylor, 28, were killed while working at Claxton Engineering Services Limited in Great Yarmouth on Friday.

They were working underground when it is believed the steel structure they were building collapsed on top of them.

Tom, Daniel and Peter were all from the village of Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, while Adam was from Rickinghall.

Both villages are mourning the loss of the four men, who were all friends and extremely popular in the communities.


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Last night their families paid moving tributes to the EADT.

Bethany Cotton, daughter of Peter, said of her father: “My hero with a personality as big as the world with not a bad word to say about anyone or a bad bone in his body. I loved him with everything I am and so did everyone else.”

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Matthew Hazelton paid tribute to both of his younger brothers. Speaking about Thomas he said: “He was a great dad to baby Alfie and partner to Charlotte, whom he loved very much.”

Daniel’s partner Sam said: “The word soulmate sounds a touch cliche but so true, he was the love of my life and living without him is something that I will really struggle to do.”

Jason Taylor, brother of Adam, said: “You will never meet a man like him – words cannot describe his personality, it was truly special.”

Investigations into the cause of the accident continue. Home Office post-mortem examinations to establish the cause of the deaths are expected to take place today.

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