Man arrested for second time after horses stray near A14

Thomas Allen, from Soham

Thomas Allen, from Soham - Credit: Archant

A 26-YEAR-old man who is on police bail after a fatal accident involving horses on the A14 has been arrested again following a second incident.

On the afternoon of February 23, a total of 21 horses were seen straying in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford, Suffolk close to the A14.

The incident occurred less that two months after 23-year-old Thomas Allen, from Soham, was fatally injured when up to four cars collided with loose horses which had wandered on to the dual carriageway near Sproughton.

The Christmas Eve collisions also claimed the lives of three horses, including a mare in foal.

Police have confirmed a man was detained following Saturday’s incident

Richard Jones, a spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary, said: “A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of offences under the Highways Act. He has been released on bail until February 28.”

Although the suspect has not been named it is understood he is the same person who was arrested on suspicion of causing danger to road users as a result of the fatal accident on Christmas Eve.

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The suspect was released on police bail after he was questioned about the tragedy.

On February 23, the horses were seen straying near the A14 after managing to get out of a field. They were rounded-up and taken to a secure area for their safety and the safety of road users.

Mr Allen, who worked at Booker Cash and Carry in Ipswich, was one of the motorists who collided with horses at around 10.20pm on Christmas Eve.

On that occasion six horses were said to have wandered on to the carriageway.

Mr Allen sustained serious head injuries and died at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day.

A 20-year-old woman, who was his front-seat passenger, was also taken to hospital, but her injuries were not believed to be serious. No other motorists were hurt.