Community in grief after girl's death

AN Ipswich estate is a community in grief today following the death of a six-year-old girl.The little girl, believed to be Kiara Mann, was killed as she collided with a coach while she cycled along Landseer Road yesterday lunchtime.

AN Ipswich estate is a community in grief today following the death of a six-year-old girl.

The little girl, believed to be Kiara Mann, was killed as she collided with a coach while she cycled along Landseer Road yesterday lunchtime.

Residents on the close knit Greenwich estate have been left stunned and horrified by the tragedy involving the Cliff Lane pupil.

As lorries thundered by the spot where she died, flowers and tributes began to build up at the spot where she died, many from family and friends, others from people who did not even know her.


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One read: 'Kiara, miss you loads, lots of love and kisses, Nan and Grandad Stevenson'.

Another was addressed to the Mann family, offering their sympathies. One more read a poignant message 'Goodbye little Barbie girl, our little star, love cousins Courtney and Blaine'.

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But through the tragedy and sadness, anger is beginning to form about the notoriously busy road and some claim it was an accident waiting to happen.

Former councillor Ron Crane said his father was killed near to the spot in 1949. He said: "It never goes away and yesterday's accident did bring it back. This has been an accident waiting to happen, it is a most dangerous road."

Although not referring to yesterday's accident, he said that he wanted to start a petition to drop the speed limit to 20 miles an hour. Others said that since the central reservations have been added, the road has become too narrow, forcing larger vehicles up against the kerb and onto yellow lines. Mr Crane added that people have been left shell shocked by the tragedy. He said: "We do get trouble from some of the kids here but at about 10pm last night they were all just standing quietly and looking."

Trevor Bell, director of the Spar shop in Reynolds Road, said "People have been coming in and talking about it. Last night there were quite a few people around. Usually you get one or two yobs, but there was no trouble at all."

Brenda Cole has a seven-year-old son, Jamie, and lives close to the scene. She said: "Everyone thinks it's terrible, it's just so awful. It makes it worse because she was so young. My little boy even said a prayer for her last night and lit a candle."

She said she had lived in the area for a couple of years but had never known anything like that happen before. She said she was horrified when she arrived home about one o'clock yesterday lunchtime to find the road closed and was desperate to contact her 16-year-old daughter, fearing that it was her.

She said: "I started trembling and tried to phone her but couldn't get through because she was on the internet. I eventually reached her on the mobile, it was such a relief when I heard her voice."

Mrs Cole said she took the family to Felixstowe but all any of them could think of was the poor little girl.

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