Boy, 3, killed by falling tree

A CHILD was killed when a tree fell on his pushchair in a wooded area of Felixstowe.The three-year-old boy was out walking with his mother and a dog at The Grove park in Felixstowe when the tree crashed down at around noon.

A CHILD was killed when a tree fell on his pushchair in a wooded area of Felixstowe.

The three-year-old boy was out walking with his mother and a dog at The Grove park in Felixstowe when the tree crashed down at around 12 noon.

His mother took him to Felixstowe General Hospital by car, where doctors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

A member of the public walking his dog later in the day said he had seen a pushchair squashed under a 20-30ft tree.

Trees were still swaying dangerously in the dense copse next to playing fields yesterday afternoon. Few members of the public dared use the leafy cut-through to the car park.

An enormous tree, with a 2ft trunk and thick branches lay across the path where the tragedy occurred.

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Five other people were also killed in weather-related incidents as hurricane-strength gusts tore across the country. Two of the deaths were also in East Anglia.

A 12-year-old boy and his pet dog died after being crushed by a falling tree.

The tragedy happened as the boy was walking his dog through a small coppice at Town House Road, Costessey near Norwich, just before 11am.

The boy died in the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, an hour later from his injuries.

A lorry driver walking home a few yards from his workplace was killed when he was crushed by a huge beech tree in Norfolk.

The man from Whittington, near Downham Market, was taking his usual short cut from Whiteaways waste removal firm along nearby Norman Drive and through a neighbour's garden when the tragedy happened just after 10am.

He had reached his semi-detached house when the tree fell, pinning him beneath its huge trunk and branches.

Firefighters from Methwold who were called to the scene were at risk themselves from a second tree which looked as if it could come crashing down while they fought to cut him free.

An ambulance was also called and the man was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.

His wife collapsed and was also taken to the hospital, suffering from a suspected heart attack.

The tree felled by the gale ended up by the side of the man's house after crashing into the roof, ripping away many of the tiles, almost demolishing a porch and badly damaging a small conservatory.

A woman was trapped in her car by a fallen tree at Coney Weston, near Thetford, shortly before midday, suffering slight injuries to her shoulder.

A spokesman for East Anglian Ambulance Service said: "It's been a very harrowing and tragic day for East Anglia."

The service took twice the normal number of calls and some ambulances were delayed for up to 40 minutes, in some cases, by fallen trees blocking roads, he added.

An ambulance in Mildenhall had a lucky escape when it was hit by a branch and two further ambulances parked in Lowestoft were crushed by a tree. The East Anglian Air Ambulance was grounded.

Flying debris from building work and loose tiles were also threatening lives.

Fire crews closed part of Ipswich after a building began to crumble in Cutler Street, sending bricks and glass crashing to the ground. Also in Ipswich, Michael and Jennifer King, watched as tiles raining down on their car, parked in Currys car park, Copdock, smashing the windscreen, side window and piercing the roof.

Police shut part of Sea Road in Felixstowe after loose tiling was reported on the Felixstowe Leisure Centre roof and Orwell Bridge was closed.

Traffic was diverted through the town centre, causing long traffic jams. Yesterday was also the first day of the new anti-clockwise traffic system in the town. Christchurch Park and Mansion were also closed, for fear of falling trees.

Fallen trees blocked Foxhall Road and Tuddenham Road in Ipswich and firefighters were called to deal with a shed blowing around on the Pinewood Estate.

The A12 was also blocked for a while when a tree hit a car between Blythburgh and Darsham.

A fallen tree brought traffic to a standstill on the A12 northbound carriageway at the Grundisburgh roundabout, near Woodbridge.

Traffic lights blew over at Sproughton and a mobile transmitter came down at Wangford.

A fallen tree smashed the rear windows and lights of a car parked in the front garden at pensioner Ted Coult's house in Garrison Lane, Felixstowe.

Suffolk Police were also taking double the amount of calls with 867.

Insp Jim White said motorists should drive very carefully today , especially in rural areas, where there may still be trees on the road. He also urged people to be very wary of trees which may have been weakened.

"The unusually strong winds have wreaked havoc and have disrupted many people's lives. I am aware there is a lot of frustration, especially regarding power cuts but I would urge people to be patient as I know the power companies are doing everything they can."

A dredger, three miles off the coast near Aldeburgh collected one of two sailing dinghies that had come adrift from Aldeburgh Yacht Club.

A coastguards at Walton-on-the-Naze said many boats had come adrift from moorings on the River Orwell, but there were no serious casualties at sea.

A spokesman said: "The storm was quite well forecasted and it seems everyone knew it was coming and has stayed at home."

The Port of Felixstowe was closed as high winds prevented cranes from lifting containers.

Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft was closed because of the gusts on its last day of half term opening.

The B&Q store in Lowestoft was also closed because of the severe weather and fallen trees blocked Rushmere Road and Corton Road, and the Sunday market at Ellough airfield was also cancelled.

At Blundeston, near Lowestoft motorists were turned back after a tree blocked at the roundabout close to the prison.

Many trees in North Suffolk were blown down and numerous areas were still without electricity last night.

Fallen trees blocked several minor roads, including the Fressingfield to Laxfield road.

At Stradbroke, the wind caused damage to brick pier holding the wrought iron gates to the churchyard.

The historic "crinkle crankle" wall at Chandos Lodge, Eye, former home of the famous ballet choreography, Sir Fredick Ashton, were seriously damaged by the wind.

At Scole a tree crushed the cab of a pick-up truck parked near the Crossways pub.

Eye firemen were called to an electricity sub-station near the Queen's Head pub after equipment began throwing out sparks.

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