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We had to run for our lives

PUBLISHED: 11:35 15 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:28 03 March 2010

TERRIFIED children were forced to run for their lives when they came within inches of being crushed by a falling tree.

The mothers of the five children, aged between five and ten, could only look on in horror as part of the tree crashed to the ground in Holywells Park off Cliff Lane in Ipswich.

TERRIFIED children were forced to run for their lives when they came within inches of being crushed by a falling tree.

The mothers of the five children, aged between five and ten, could only look on in horror as part of the tree crashed to the ground in Holywells Park off Cliff Lane in Ipswich.

The Walker family, of Geralds Avenue, Ipswich, and the Fry family, of Orwell Road, Ipswich, were making their way home after a day out in the park when disaster nearly struck.

Karen Walker, 32, mother of two of the children, was pushing her 16-month-old child just yards in front of the children when the tree came toppling down.

She said: "The tree crashed down and it was all over in a second. If the children were any further back they wouldn't have got out of the way, it was that quick.

"We were so lucky that the children could run because I hate to think what might have happened. Someone somewhere was looking after them today."

See tonight's Evening Star for full story…

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