Biker killed in road crash

FAMILY and friends are in mourning today after the teenage son of Ipswich Town's club secretary died in a road crash.Henry Webb was pronounced dead at the scene after his moped collided with a pensioner's Hyundai Getz near Manningtree.

FAMILY and friends are in mourning today after the teenage son of Ipswich Town's club secretary died in a road crash.

Henry Webb was pronounced dead at the scene after his moped collided with a pensioner's Hyundai Getz near Manningtree.

The tragedy occurred in Harwich Road, Bradfield, near the Strangers Arms public house.

The 17-year-old was the only child of ITFC club secretary Sally Webb and her husband, Howard, a civil engineer.


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It is believed Mr Webb was working away when his son, who lived in Bradfield, was killed. He is now thought to be returning to be with his wife.

Henry, who was believed to have worked on a farm in the area, is said to have lost control of his black Aprilia at 9.20am yesterday and collided with the Hyundai coming from the opposite direction.

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Its driver, a 72-year-old woman from Mistley, was uninjured, but was taken to Colchester General Hospital by ambulance suffering from shock.

Clinical operations manager John Nicholls of Essex Ambulance Service said:  "When we arrived on scene it was clear that the rider had suffered massive injuries and unfortunately there was nothing we could do to save him.

"The driver of the car was an elderly woman who was extremely shaken by the incident.  She was taken to Harwich Hospital for a check up.

"A van driver who had stopped to offer assistance was also checked over as he was shaken, but he didn't require to go to hospital."

Essex police have not yet confirmed Henry's death, as formal identification was still waiting to take place according to a spokeswoman for the force today. An investigation is now under way following the tragedy.

Inspector Steve Brewer, who is leading the inquiry, said: "A young lad has lost his life and we are now examining the circumstances that led to the crash.

"I would be grateful if those motorists who witnessed the moments leading up to the collision and who have not yet spoken to my officers, to do so as soon as possible.

"After all, this boy's family, as well as ourselves, will want to know what happened on Harwich Road on Thursday morning."

A section of the road was closed for three and a half hours while emergency services dealt with the incident scene.

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