Tributes have been paid to a grandfather who sadly died following a collision in Clacton on Easter Sunday.
Norman Austin, 84, who has been provisionally named by police, died on Sunday 11 April following a road traffic collision near the junction with Jaywick Lane.
Mr Austin who was known to his loved ones as Norm, was from St Osyth. His family have expressed their sadness at his passing. In tribute, they said: “The circumstances in which he was taken from us has completely devastated our family and friends.
“Norman leaves a wife Elizabeth (Liz) who he had known since his teens, his children Neil, Dawn, Mark and Kirk and step children Frances and Adrian along with his only remaining sibling Joan, in Australia. Plus, numerous nephews, nieces, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Norman had served in the Royal Air Force Regiment early in his life, something he was very proud of, and still had close friends from that time. He was so proud the day he joined the march past at the Cenotaph in London and placed the poppy wreath on behalf of his local British Legion.
“Norman and Liz still travelled abroad every year for their holidays, with Norman searching for his next adventure within days of coming home from his last one. He’d have his suitcase packed weeks before they were due to travel. He may have been 84 but he was still full of life.
“The family wish to thank the police for their support and guidance.
“We request that our privacy is respected at this extremely upsetting and difficult time.”
Our thoughts are with Norman’s family.
We continue to appeal for information about this incident, and would ask anyone with CCTV, dashcam footage or who may have witnessed the collision to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101. The incident number to quote is 348 of 11 April.
A 31-year old woman was arrested and later released under investigation.