Band's tribute to tragic Suffolk teens

DIRTY Pretty Things today announced they are to play a special gig supporting a road safety campaign after the death of three Suffolk teenagers.The band has agreed to perform at The Coronet, in Southwark, south London, on September 13 in support of the Make Roads Safe campaign.

DIRTY Pretty Things today announced they are to play a special gig supporting a road safety campaign after the death of three Suffolk teenagers.

The band has agreed to perform at The Coronet, in Southwark, south London, on September 13 in support of the Make Roads Safe campaign.

Its' pledge of support comes after sisters Claire, 18, and Jennifer Stoddart, 15, along with their friend Carla Took, 18, died in a crash on the A12 at Blythburgh, which claimed five lives.

The trio were in a Vauxhall Astra, believed to have been driven by Miss Took, when it was in collision with a Renault Laguna around 1am on July 1.

Two people in Laguna, Kim Abbott, 41, and Simon Bonner, 40, both of Yoxford, also died as a result of the collision.

The Lowestoft teenagers were on their way home from a concert at Ipswich's Portman Road by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dirty Pretty Things.

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The Make Roads Safe campaign calls on world leaders to take action on road traffic injuries, which kill more than 1.2 million people around the world.

Two hundred pairs of tickets to the concert will be given away free by the Make Roads Safe campaign and Dirty Pretty Things to supporters in a prize draw.

The sisters' father, Phil Stoddart, said: "I hope that the Make Roads Safe campaign will help other parents avoid the pain we have been going through as a result of the tragic loss of Claire and Jennifer."

Calling on fans to sign the Make Roads Safe online petition at www.makeroadssafe.org, Carl Barat, lead singer of Dirty Pretty Things, said: "It is unbelievable that around the world a child is killed every three minutes on the road, yet almost nothing is being done to prevent this.

"The recent deaths in Suffolk of Claire, Jennifer and Carla were so sad, such a waste of young lives, and this is happening to families every day.''

N A 21-year-old man, who was driving the Laguna, is currently on bail after being arrest for death by dangerous driving following the A12 crash.

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