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Family pay tribute to man killed in Xmas eve crash

Thomas Allen Credit: Suffolk Police

The family of Thomas Allen, who died in an accident involving several horses and cars on the A14 at Sproughton on Christmas Eve have paid tribute to him. They said:

"Words cannot express the loss and devastation we are all feeling. Thomas was simply The Perfect Son."He was a kind, thoughtful, happy young man, with a wicked sense of humour. He was just thrilled with the purchase of his new car. Sadly driving this would result in his early death.

"He was liked and loved by everyone who met him. He worked at Booker Cash and Carry and had recently been promoted. Life was going really well when he tragically died. He was on the road to great things."He was adored by his young sister and all our lives will never be the same."


Man dies after crash with horses

A man has died following a road traffic collision involving several horses on the A14 at Sproughton in Suffolk on Christmas Eve.

It happened around 10.20pm with reports that four vehicles had collided with 5-6 horses loose on the A14. The 23-year-old man, from Cambridgeshire, was taken to Ipswich hospital where he later died. Three of the horses were also killed in the crash.

A 26-year-old Ipswich man arrested on suspicion of causing danger to road users, has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Man injured in collision with horses on the A14

A section of the A14 at Sproughton near Ipswich has been closed following a serious road traffic collision.

Police were called at 10.20pm last night, after reports that approximately 5-6 horses were loose on the road and four vehicles had collided with them.

One man was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. He remains in a critical condition.

A section of the A14 westbound carriageway between Copdock and Sproughton has been closed in order to recover the vehicles and horses, three of which were killed.

Diversions are in place.

It is expected that the road will be closed for a number of hours whilst the road is cleared.

A 26-year-old Ipswich man has been arrested on suspicion of causing danger to road users and is currently being held in custody at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

Decision day for police horses

A decision on the future of the Essex Police mounted unit is expected to be announced within the next few days. Eight horses and nine riders make up the unit.

Essex police horses on patrol Credit: ITV Anglia

The Chief Constable has proposed disbanding the section, which costs around 600-thousand pounds a year to run, as part of the force's drive to save £42 million by 2015.

A petition to save the unit has so far attracted 4-thousand signatures.