Arrest over A12 smash

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with a crash in Suffolk which left four people dead.

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with a crash in Suffolk which left four people dead.

Claire Stoddart, 18, her sister Jennifer, 15, and their friend Carla Took, 18, all from Lowestoft, died after the accident early on Saturday when the Vauxhall Astra they were travelling in was in a collision with a Renault Laguna.

Builder Simon Bonner, 41, of Yoxford, who was a passenger in the Laguna, also died.

Four other people were all injured in the crash, which blocked the A12 near Blythburth for nearly eight hours.

The 21-year-old man arrested had been driving the Renault Laguna and was injured in the accident.

Last night he was questioned at Lowestoft police station before being released on police bail until August 16.

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The three teenagers who died were returning home from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert at Ipswich's Portman Road football stadium when the crash happened.

All three were pupils at Lowestoft's Benjamin Britten High School, and headteacher Trevor Osborne described the girls as “outstanding”.

Police officers have contacted witnesses who were in the area at the time of the accident, including the driver and occupant of a white stretch Limo.

Anyone who may have seen the deep purple Laguna heading south or the sky blue Astra travelling north along the A12 before the accident are asked to contact Pc Gavin Sharpe of the Halesworth Road Policing Unit on 01473 613500.

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