Urgent push for new road policing team in Bury St Edmunds after fatal bike accident in Lackford

The A1101 closed at Flempton following an accident at Lackford.

The A1101 closed at Flempton following an accident at Lackford. - Credit: Archant

A motorcyclist has become the 25th person to die on Suffolk’s roads this year after colliding with a car near Lackford.

The scene of an accident on the A1101 at Lackford.

The scene of an accident on the A1101 at Lackford. - Credit: Archant

As the death toll rises, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore is set to meet with the chief constable this morning to “urgently” bring forward extra funding for a roads policing unit.

Police were called to the scene of the crash on the A1101 near to the junction with Old Bury Road, by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust at 2.05pm on Saturday.

The male motorcyclist was riding a Kawasaki 750 and was pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed for some time for investigation work and has since reopened. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service were also in attendance.

Mr Passmore said: “It is of particular concern that once again I have to offer my condolences to friends and family of the victim, following the 25th fatality on Suffolk’s roads this year.


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“As a result I will be speaking to the chief constable tomorrow as a matter of great urgency to ask him to bring forward the plans for extra resources for Suffolk’s road policing and resources for increasing road safety.

“We can not allow for any further delay; it was after all one of reasons for increasing the council tax for this year.”

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The crash is still under investigation, but Mr Passmore added: “Without wanting to sound like a stuck record, I would like to remind every driver in Suffolk that these collisions are normally caused by one of the fatal four: using mobile phones, not wearing seatbelts, speeding and drunk driving.”

In 2012 there were 24 deaths on Suffolk’s road.

Of the 25 killed on our roads this year, 17 died in accidents in the west of the county and, because of this, part of Mr Passmore’s plans to increases road policing include setting up a new unit in Bury St Edmunds.

On August 3 Dr Ronak Patel died on the A1088 near Honington after his VW Golf collided with a lorry. This tragedy came just a fortnight after four people died in a crash in Worlington, near Mildenhall.

William John Dyal, 77, known as John and his wife, 75-year-old Helen, from Ely, and 24-year-old Matthew Grant and 28-year-old Chris Merchant, both from Mildenhall, died at the scene of the accident on July 17.

Last Friday (September 11) a man in his 70s, who was on foot, was seriously injured after a collision with a motorbike in Wetherden, near Stowmarket.

Any witnesses to Saturday’s crash are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 211 of September 12 2015.

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