Tributes paid to tragic driver

MOVING tributes have been left at the scene of an accident in which a north Suffolk man lost his life.Mick Chaplin, 49, of Bramfield, near Halesworth, was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree.

By David Lennard

MOVING tributes have been left at the scene of an accident in which a north Suffolk man lost his life.

Mick Chaplin, 49, of Bramfield, near Halesworth, was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree.

The accident happened at about 11.20pm on Saturday, December 3, on the A144 Halesworth Road at Bramfield, close to a farm and just outside the 30 mph zone.


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Mr Chaplin was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Floral tributes have been left at the scene including those from his “spiky haired girl” and from his many friends and colleagues.

One message in loving memory of a dear dad says that he will be loved for ever and is signed “your boy”.

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Chairman of Halesworth Town Council, Alan Holzer, said Mr Chaplin was well known and well liked in the Halesworth area.

“The whole community is very shocked by this tragedy,” he said.

It is believed Mr Chaplin lost control of his dark blue Ford Fiesta on a bend as he was travelling from Halesworth to Bramfield.

The car collided with a tree just a few feet from the edge of the road that links Halesworth with the A12.

It is not thought that any other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Last night police renewed appeals for witnesses to the accident.

A police spokeswoman said they wanted to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the car being driven earlier that evening.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

Suffolk police have yet to officially name Mr Chaplin as the victim of the crash. Formal identification is expected to take place later this week.

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