Tributes paid to RSPCA centre manager

STAFF at an RSPCA centre have been left shocked after the death of a care manager in a road crash.

Elliot Furniss

STAFF at an RSPCA centre have been left shocked after the death of a care manager in a road crash.

Laura Barker, of Wethersfield, near Braintree, died after her Ford 4x4 had collided with a Mercedes lorry laden with telegraph poles.

She was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford after the crash on Hudson Hill in Wethersfield at 12.30pm on Wednesday but died shortly after arrival.

The 27-year was an animal care manager at the RSPCA Danaher animal home in Wethersfield, where she had worked for 10 years after studying at Writtle College.

The centre's general manager, Bob Ferdinando said she would be greatly missed for her “extrovert” personality and “huge enthusiasm”.

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He said: “Laura, a local girl, had attended Tabor High School and lived in Wethersfield with her parents prior to moving into the main house at the animal home.

“The animal home trustees, management and staff extend their deepest sympathies to her family. Her happy, extrovert personality will be sadly missed.”

He said her huge enthusiasm for animal care, welfare and re-homing was apparent to all who were fortunate enough to know her and work alongside her.

He added: “Laura: a daughter, manager and everyone's trusted friend.”

An Essex Police spokesman said the driver and passenger of the lorry escaped serious injury and did not require hospital treatment.

Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the vehicles prior to the accident to contact Bocking Road Policing Unit on 01376 330722.

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