Tributes paid to teenage victim of wall collapse tragedy

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 19-year-old builder and talented BMX rider who was killed by a falling barn wall.

Matthew Skeet, of Orchard Close, Melton, died on Thursday evening when part of an 18th Century barn conversion in Worlingworth collapsed and crushed him and a colleague, Kevin Ruffles, 57.

Mr Skeet, whose family live in Woodbridge, was passionate about cars and had been a well-known BMX rider on the local circuit.

BMX blogger Myles Lewis posted a moving tribute to him on the Ride.Ipswich website, where he described him as an “incredible” rider and someone who would never be forgotten.

He said: “Matthew Skeet was incredible on a bike. When I think of times that I have watched him ride all I can think of is him going super high and having a very unique style whilst doing it.

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“From wall taps to Bubakas on a sketchy pallet set ups at Woodbridge to boosting Trails at Martlesham when I first started riding a year and a half ago. Always with a unique style that I loved.

“Off the bike he was a really good guy, the times I did speak to him he was a really chill guy and not hard to get along with. He was a good friend to some, an acquaintance to others and a son or brother to few.

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“But no matter the relationship that anyone had with him, Matthew Skeet will not be forgotten.”

Friends and family have also been leaving dozens of facebook tributes to “Matty”, as he was known, and his blue Ford Fiesta in which he could often be seen driving around.

One pal, Louise Amy Palmer, said: “I still cannot believe you’re gone. It was only last week I saw you and had a good old chat. You will be missed, R.I.P.”

Police have said a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive is continuing and contractors Elliston Steady and Hawes said its staff were assisting the investigation.

A spokesman added: “Our thoughts are just with the families. We have no further comment to make.”

<N>The Matty Skeet Memorial Cruise - a road convoy for people passionate about customised cars - has already been organised to leave Zest car park in Ipswich on November 20, with the drivers heading to Southend.

To find out more or to get an R.I.P Matthew Skeet 1990-2010 car sticker, search for the event page on facebook.

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