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Tributes paid to A134 crash victim Robert Kent from Salters Lode, near Downham Market

PUBLISHED: 12:54 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:54 08 June 2017

Robert Kent. Picture: Submitted by Anna Kent

Robert Kent. Picture: Submitted by Anna Kent

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Tributes have been paid to a man who died when his car left the road and crashed into a ditch.

Robert Kent. Picture: Submitted by Melanie Denley Robert Kent. Picture: Submitted by Melanie Denley

Robert Kent, 38, was in a Vauxhall Vectra travelling along the A134 from Wereham, towards Whittington, when it was involved in a crash near Stoke Ferry, just before 10pm on Wednesday, May 24.

Mr Kent from Salter’s Lode, near Downham Market, was later declared dead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Flowers left at the scene of the crash, on the A134 at Stoke Ferry. Picture: Chris Bishop Flowers left at the scene of the crash, on the A134 at Stoke Ferry. Picture: Chris Bishop

Today his wife Anna said: “Rob is a husband to Anna, father to Hayden, Maddie and Harvey. Rob was employed as a mechanic and he enjoyed messing around with his cars. Rob once drove through five countries in three days to raise money for Cancer Research in 2013. “Rob had a brilliant sense of humour and never realised how popular he was. He got on with everyone and was witty. Rob was born in Luton and moved to Norfolk when he was 10 years old. He will be sadly missed by his wife and children. Rob liked to play pranks and enjoyed trips to theme parks with the children.”

Mr Kent’s sister Melanie Denley, said on behalf of his family: “When I speak about our Bobby he was a very much loved son, and a loving and beautiful, brother to his two sisters, he is also leaving behind three wonderful children, Harvey, Madeleine and Hayden.

The stretch of the A134 near Stoke Ferry where the crash happened. Picture: Chris Bishop The stretch of the A134 near Stoke Ferry where the crash happened. Picture: Chris Bishop

“Bobby wasn’t a materialistic person, and he never wanted anything from anyone, just their time, to laugh, chat and have a beer. His smile and laugh were infectious. You couldn’t help but warm to him, he had friends far and wide.

“He wasn’t perfect but he was our perfect, he had such a big heart. He had worries, but at last he had finally found his happy place, he was just taken too soon.

A tribute left at the scene of the crash. Picture: Chris Bishop A tribute left at the scene of the crash. Picture: Chris Bishop

“He has left a massive hole in our world and our family are truly devastated, there will not be a day that passes that he won’t be in our thoughts, or in our hearts.”

An inquest has been opened into Mr Kent’s death. Area coroner Yvonne Blake said inquiries into the crash were continuing.

An air ambulance had attended the scene and efforts were made to resuscitate Mr Kent, the court was told, but he was declared dead at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The inquest was adjourned until August 30.

The funeral will be held at Mintlyn Crematorium on Monday, June 19 (12.15pm). Family flowers only. Donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Trust.

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