max temp: 16°C

min temp: 15°C


Ipswich/Wetherden: Brave driver hailed after she climbed into wreckage of teenager’s crashed car to comfort him while they awaited arrival of emergency services

16:55 10 July 2014

Electra Peart and Harry Wilding. Electra received a police award for staying with Harry following a car collision.

Electra Peart and Harry Wilding. Electra received a police award for staying with Harry following a car collision.

Teenager Harry Wilding has good reason to thank Electra Peart for being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing.

Electra Peart receives her Certificate of AppreciationElectra Peart receives her Certificate of Appreciation

Miss Peart came to the 18-year-old’s rescue when he sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash on a country road.

The 30-year-old’s actions in comforting Mr Wilding in the aftermath of the collision were rewarded by Suffolk Constabulary during the annual awards ceremony.

Miss Peart, of Alan Road in Ipswich, was travelling along the road near Wetherden in October to pick up a friend’s child from school, until she spotted the accident scene and saw Mr Wilding, of Norton in the vehicle.

Miss Peart contacted police and the ambulance service and then climbed into the car, which had also been badly damaged, and spent time trying to comfort and reassure Harry before the emergency services arrived.

In recognition of her work, Miss Peart was awarded the Chief Constable’s certificate of appreciation.

Speaking after receiving the award, Miss Peart said: “It was nice to be recognised. I think it was about being in the right place at the right time, but it was lovely (to get the award).

“I feel quite protective of Harry now.”

Mr Wilding, who is hoping to go to the London School of Economics to study history, said he feels very lucky that Miss Peart was driving along the road when she did as it is not well used.

It was initially thought he could spend up to nine months in hospital because of the severity of his injuries, but he ended up needing about six weeks receiving treatment before he was released.

He said: “I think her award is very well deserved.

“Far too often I think people just drive by. I think I was lucky the first person that came along was so kind hearted.”

Dan Poulter with employees at B&Q

A Suffolk MP has said he will do what he can to try and prevent a B&Q store closing down with the potential loss of around 100 jobs.

Rod Kiddell

Rod Kiddell, former editor of the EADT and Evening Star, died recently, aged 72. Today, his son Tim Kiddell, and former colleagues, pay tribute to him.

Police are hunting for three man after a man was stabbed in the chest in Ipswich last night.

Children's mental health problems are increasing in Suffolk. PA/PA Wire

A worrying increase in the need for mental health treatment in Suffolk was revealed on Saturday. But what is behind this rise?

Bury Magistrates Court.

Only a few days remain for people to object to government proposals to cut the number of magistrates’ courts in Suffolk.

Dr Daniel Poulter MP

Former health minister Dan Poulter had accused the Government of imposing excessive working hours and compromising patient safety with its new junior doctor contracts.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Trains running between Essex and Suffolk and the capital face delays, alterations and cancellations this morning due to a defective piece of track at Harold Wood.

Abellio Greater Anglia

Rail operators hope to reopen blocked lines at Needham Market, closed after a body was found on the tracks close to the railway station, in the next 25 minutes.

Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm has a largely ceremonial role - but could Suffolk and Norfolk have an executive mayor in future?

There will be no meaningful devolution in East Anglian without a directly-elected mayor for Suffolk and Norfolk.

Groton Church north aisle - lead partly stripped

A Suffolk church has become the ninth in recent weeks to be targeted by lead thieves.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages