Parents pay tribute to Joanne Coombs

A MOVING tribute has been paid by the parents of tragic mum Joanne Coombs to their “darling beautiful angel” killed weeks after their granddaughter Natasha.

A MOVING tribute has been paid by the parents of tragic mum Joanne Coombs to their “darling beautiful angel” who was killed weeks after their granddaughter Natasha.

The message was left at the site where Joanne, 40, and her 17-year-old daughter, Natasha, were killed in separate incidents by trains

Peter Clackett and his wife Wendy left pink and purple flowers with a card, which read: “To Joe. Love you so much. Our Darling Beautiful Angel. Love Always. Mum and Dad.”

Their message is part of a growing shrine to Joanne and Natasha near the railway line at Manningtree.


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Another message reads: “To Tash. Our beautiful princess. Love Always. Nana and Grandad. Love you so much.”

Mrs Coombs' death on September 18 stunned the communities of Dovercourt and Brantham where the family previously lived.

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Messages of support flooded in for Gary Coombs, 48, Joanne's husband and Natasha's father.

Mr Coombs, a mergers and acquisitions manager with insurance firm Norwich Union, left an emotional tribute to his wife and daughter at the informal memorial last month.

He told of his hopes that his “darling wife” was now with Natasha and her younger sister Emma, who is believed to have been stillborn when they lived in Canada.

Gary, of Fronks Road, Dovercourt, left a message with flowers which said: “My darling wife Joanne, please be at peace with our dear Natasha and Emma.

“Life will never ever be the same. You have been the greatest person anyone could wish to be with. Until we meet again, always yours Gary.”

Mrs Coombs died after being struck by a train near Manningtree station on the same stretch of railway line where her daughter was found.

Natasha's body was recovered on August 10 after two weeks of frantic searching following her disappearance. She was returning from a night out with friends in Ipswich on July 27 when she went missing.

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