Trib­utes to friends in death crash

Man ap­pears in court charged with caus­ing the deaths of Thomas Northam and Thomas Fletcher by dan­ger­ous driv­ing fol­low­ing col­li­sion in Yax­ley

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

Trib­utes have been paid to two friends who died in a road traf­fic hor­ror. Thomas Fletcher (19) and Thomas Northam(22) died when they were hit by a car in Yax­ley. A man has been charged with caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Emo­tional trib­utes have been paid to two young men who were killed in a hit and run in­ci­dent.

Thomas Fletcher, (19), of Meadow Walk, Yax­ley, and Thomas Northam, (22), of Lilac Walk, Yax­ley, were killed in the col­li­sion as they walked along the B1091, Broad­way, be­tween Yax­ley and Farcet on Tues­day last week.

They were struck by a BMW which was trav­el­ling along the road shortly af­ter 11am on Jan­uary 3.

De­spite the best ef­forts of paramedics, the men died as a re­sult of their in­juries.

The BMW was left dumped in a field next to the road fol­low­ing the col­li­sion, and a case, said to con­tain £100,000 in cash, was found nearby.

Mr North am and Mr Fletcher were best friends, and had grown up to­gether, and the pair are un­der­stood to have been on holiday to­gether in Am­s­ter­dam the night be­fore they trag­i­cally died in the col­li­sion. Flo­ral trib­utes were left at the scene of the in­ci­dent in Yax­ley.

On Fri­day a man ap­peared in court charged with caus­ing the deaths of the two men.

Richard Frost was rem anded into cus­tody dur­ing a short hear­ing. Frost (38), who was ar­rested in Chelms­ford on Tues­day, Jan­uary 3, wore a grey track­suit as he ap­peared in the dock at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fri­day.

He was charged with two counts of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous­driv­ing, twocounts of dan­ger­ous driv­ing, com­mon as­sault and caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm. The com­mon as­sault re­lates to anal­leged at­tack on a man in Yax­ley, while the ABH charge re­lates to an al­leged as­sault on a woman in Peter­bor­ough.

Friends and fam­ily of the vic­tims were in the public gallery dur­ing the hear­ing, and one per­son was ejected from the court af­ter an out­burst when Frost was brought into the dock. An­other made an­other out­burst as Frost was led back to the cells at the end of the hear­ing.

Frost did not en­ter pleas to any of the counts, and the court was told the case was too se­ri­ous to be heard at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates Court.

A bail ap­pli­ca­tion was re­fused, and District Judge Ken Sher­a­ton ad­journed the case un­til Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, when Frost will ap­pear at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court.

Along with flo­ral trib­utes at the scene, friends and fam­ily of the two men took to so­cial me­dia to pay trib­ute.

Thomas’ mother Tracey Northam took to Face­book to pay her re­spects, writ­ing: “R.I.P baby boy love you for­ever. Love mum, dad, Rachael Plavecz Step ha nP lavecz Brae­dona ndKasey Xxxxxxxx .”

His cousin Anna Louise Plavecz said: “r.i.p tom love ual­waysnfo re vain my heart baby cuz xxx”

Frazer Love, who was friends with both the young men, added: “Can­not be­lieve what has hap­pened, al­ways will be think­ing of you both and the me­mories we have shared, many peo­ple loved you both.”

A just giv­ing page was also set up in mem­ory of the two men, with the aim of pay­ing for the fu­ner­als. The page is aim­ing to raise £10,000, and has so far re­ceived more than £7,300.

The pair were well known in Yax­ley, and both men had links to Clark DrainLtd, based on Sta­tion Road in the vil­lage.

A spokesman for the firm said: “It is with much sad­ness that we con­firm that the two vic­tims of the hit and run in­ci­dent in Yax­ley, Peter­bor­ough on Tues­day, Jan­uary 3, are known­toClark-Drain Ltd.

“Tom Fletcher, 19, has been an em­ployee of ClarkDrain since May 2015 and Tom Northam, 22, wasanem­ployee of the com­pany un­til De­cem­ber 2016.

“Both young men were pop­u­lar mem­bers of staff, who will be missed by their nu­mer­ous friends and col­leagues who worked along­side them at our site in­Yax­ley, Peter­bor­ough. Our thoughts and heart­felt con­do­lences are with both fam­i­lies at this tragic time.”

To do­nate to the ap­peal, visit the web­site at bit. ly/ fu­ner­alap­peal

Cam­bridgeshire Po­lice are still ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to get in touch with them by call­ing 101.

Thomas Fletcher and Thomas Northam

Emer­gency ser­vices work­ing at the scene

Friends, fam­ily and loved ones left mes­sages at the scene of the tragedy

Flo­ral trib­utes left at the scene for the two men

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