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Police officer from Bury St Edmunds remembered by Suffolk Police 20 years after fatal A14 car crash in Great Saxham

A 'dedicated' and 'hard-working' police officer who died 20 years ago in a fatal car accident has been remembered by Suffolk Police.

Pc Peter Evans, of Bury St Edmunds, died after the accident on the A14 in Great Saxham on February 24, 2001.

The 33-year-old was killed when the police car he was travelling in overturned and collided with an electricity pole.

Pc Peter Evans
Pc Peter Evans

The driver of the vehicle, Pc Wayne Naylor, survived the crash but suffered serious chest injuries.

Shortly after Pc Evans' death, well-wishers sent messages of sympathy to Suffolk Police and flowers were laid at the site of the crash.

The crash happened in the early hours as both police officers, with the western area traffic unit, were travelling back to Bury when their marked Vauxhall Omega car left the road, overturned and hit a pole.

Suffolk chief constable Steve Jupp
Suffolk chief constable Steve Jupp

Pc Evans, a single man at the time of his death, joined Suffolk Police in 1991, working at Haverhill as a patrol officer and on attachment with CID.

He joined the Bury station in June 1998 to work in the operations department.

Assistant chief constable Colin Langham-Fitt said at the time: "The force has lost a real character as well as a dedicated and hard-working police officer.

"He was a highly intelligent man, who was always fun to be with and had a great sense of humour."

Before joining the force, Pc Evans had been a sports teacher and loved all sports, including flying light aircraft.

On the 20-year anniversary of his death, which was yesterday, chief constable Steve Jupp of Suffolk Police, said: "Today we remember the life and service of our colleague PC Peter Evans and our thoughts are with his family and friends.

"Losing a colleague on duty affects those who worked with them and we also feel the loss across the organisation.

"Peter will be missed by all who knew him and we are thankful for his loyal service and dedication."

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