Tributes paid to ‘kind and thoughtful’ Whittlesey rugby player Mark Collin who was killed by stolen car in collision

PUBLISHED: 09:55 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:55 03 August 2017

Mark Collin was killed in a collision on Ramsey Road, Whittlesey in the early hours of Tuesday. PHOTO: Peterborough Rugby Club.

Mark Collin was killed in a collision on Ramsey Road, Whittlesey in the early hours of Tuesday. PHOTO: Peterborough Rugby Club.

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Tributes have been paid to a ‘kind and thoughtful’ rugby player from Whittlesey who was killed in a collision on Tuesday.

Mark Collin, 51, of Stonald Avenue, Whittlesey, died at the scene when his vehicle, a green Nissan Primera, was involved in a collision with a black Audi S3.

The driver of the Audi, which had been stolen from the Northamptonshire area, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and remains in custody at Thorpe Wood Police Station.

It is believed that two other people made off from the Audi and police are trying to trace them.

Peterborough Rugby Club has led the tributes, writing on their website: “Mark was a player with the Juggers and has recently been on tour with them to Portugal.

“He joined PRUFC two years ago, moving from Thorney to get more veteran level games but if there was no game he would play for any team that were short.

“He has played for the 2s, 3s and Juggers and if he couldn’t get a game there he’d play for anyone else who were short, Deeping, Thorney etc.

“He will be sadly missed.”

Gary Swan, former chairman of Whittlesey Junior Football Club, said: “I found Mark a very kind and thoughtful person who gave up lots of his time to help kids enjoy the game.

“Helping with a team, he was always there to help with a referee and also helping the club along to where it is today – especially when the field of dreams was being created.

“A sad loss – thoughts to Natalie and the boys at this sad time. RIP mate.”

Louise Anthony said on Facebook: “Such sad news, thoughts are with all the family. RIP Mark.”

Jamie Hayes, who Mark played rugby with, said: “Gutted ain’t the word. I’ll miss you my friend and all the times you gave me good advice and looked after me as a teammate and a friend.

“I’m glad I got to share the rugby pitch with you.”

A police spokesman said: “Anyone with information about the collision should call the Road Policing Unit on 101 quoting incident 56 of August 1, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

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