Shrine to little Kiara

AN EVER-growing shrine of flowers and teddy bears today adorn the roadside where Kiara Stevenson-Mann was killed less than a week before her sixth birthday.

AN EVER-growing shrine of flowers and teddy bears today adorn the roadside where Kiara Stevenson-Mann was killed less than a week before her sixth birthday.

More than 200 tributes have now been laid near to where the accident happened in Landseer Road, in Ipswich.

Passersby, most of whom did not Kiara, were today continuing to pay their silent tributes to the five-year-old, many taking time to read all the messages.

Today Margaret Bateman, acting deputy head at Cliff Lane Primary School, was among those leading the tributes to Kiara, who would have been six on Tuesday.


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She said: "Kiara was a quiet, hard-working girl who had many friends. Everyone at Cliff Lane Primary School is devastated by the news, and sends their deepest sympathy to all her family at this very difficult time.

"Help and support will be available at the school at the beginning of term for any child that needs it."

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Paul Jarrett, 33, of Queensberry Road, Ipswich took his two daughters, Alanta, eight, and Martina, nine, to see at the tributes at the roadside.

He said: "We were going to the shops and they said they wanted to come around and look at the flowers.

"I've brought them to show how easily something like this can happen. I want to teach my daughters to ride their bikes safely and show how dangerous it can be. I think it has shocked them."

Roz Leggett, parish assistant at All Hallows Anglican Church in Reynolds Road, said: "The whole community is subdued and it is a lot quieter than normal.

"We will be remembering Kiara and her family on Sunday and her name is already on the pew sheet for prayers."

St James Roman Catholic Church on Landseer Road is also ready to lend people support.

Parish priest Father Adrian Gates said: "We prayed for Kiara at mass yesterday morning and evening and we will pray for her again on Sunday.

"We are always here if people want to talk or cry."

One poem sum up the depth of grief felt by everyone.

Fly, fly little wing, fly beyond imagining,

The softest cloud, the whitest starts,

Upon the wind of heavens lore,

Past the plants, over stars.

Fly, fly precious one,

Your endless journey has begun,

Take your gentle happiness,

Far too beautiful for this world.

Fly, fly do not fear,

Your hearts beyond, your soul is free,

Above the universe you will climb,

On beyond the hands of time.

The moon will rise, the sun will set,

Love will never forget.

Sweet dreams little one, God bless"

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