Tributes to A12 crash man

NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock today after the death of a 62-year-old Ipswich man in a car accident. Malcolm Cheney, of Radcliffe Drive, died in a collision on the A12 at Benhall on Friday.

NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock today after the death of a 62-year-old Ipswich man in a car accident.

Malcolm Cheney, of Radcliffe Drive, died in a collision on the A12 at Benhall on Friday. He was travelling north driving a green Hyundai Lantra when he was in collision with a silver Vauxhall Astra travelling south at about 2.20pm.

A police spokesman named the driver of the Vauxhall Astra as Michael Cole, 64, of Nightingale Road, Lowestoft. He is currently in Ipswich Hospital with leg injuries.

Mr Cheney's neighbours today remembered a quiet family man.


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Linda Hawes, of Didsbury Close, said Mr Cheney had lived in Radcliffe Drive for about 26 years.

She said: "He was the type of neighbour you would want, quiet and not interfering."

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Mrs Hawes said the neighbours sometimes got together for Summer barbecues that Mr Cheney would always attend.

She said: "He was talkative, kindly and friendly. They are a nice family. I didn't hear the news until yesterday morning. I was dumbfounded all day."

Mrs Hawes added that her thoughts were with his widow Joan and the couple's two daughters.

She said: "I heard about the accident on Friday but I did not think any more about it. Our thoughts are with the family, it is awful. You feel so hopeless."

Another neighbour, of Radcliffe Drive, who did not wish to be named, said she did not see much of Mr Cheney.

She said: "It is a shocking event. I knew him for years but not well."

A second neighbour, who also did not wish to be named, said he was shocked by Mr Cheney's death.

He said: "We were coming back on that road from Aldeburgh and we got held up as the road was blocked. It is terrible."

Mr Cheney's family was too upset to talk.

Police are investigating the accident. Anyone with any information should contact Pc Ian Hicks at Halesworth Traffic Unit on 01986 835350.

Would you like to pay tribute to Mr Cheney? Contact the Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 321789 or email starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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