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Full inquest today on Melton couple

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:19 03 March 2010

DETAILS of the last minutes of the lives of a much-loved Suffolk couple were due to be heard by an inquest today.

Edward and Pamela Bishopp were killed when their car was in collision with a 40ft articulated lorry on the A12 at Brightwell.

DETAILS of the last minutes of the lives of a much-loved Suffolk couple were due to be heard by an inquest today.

Edward and Pamela Bishopp were killed when their car was in collision with a 40ft articulated lorry on the A12 at Brightwell.

The accident happened in December 2000 and the families have had to wait 14 months for the full inquest to be heard.

The driver of the lorry, Keith Wright, of Church Lane, Ipswich, has since been convicted of careless driving and fined £1,000 with £400 costs. His licence was endorsed with nine penalty points.

Mr Wright said after his trial last November that he intended to appeal against the sentence.

The accident happened when Mr Wright turned right across the dual carriageway, through the gap in the central reservation, to head towards the A12-A14 Seven Hills interchange.

Mr and Mrs Bishopp's Honda Accord ploughed into the back of the 40-tonne truck as it made its turn.

Mr Bishopp, 74, a retired chartered accountant, and his wife, 73, who lived at Melton, had been married 56 years and were well known in their local community, and worked hard for a number of local charities.

The Evening Star launched a campaign to have the central reservation gap closed and the county highways department has said action will be taken. Survey work has just been completed and plans will soon be revealed.

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