Family pays tribute to “inspirational” teacher killed in Mettingham crash

Anthony Benson-Smith, who died after a car crash in Mettingham

Anthony Benson-Smith, who died after a car crash in Mettingham - Credit: Archant

A teacher who died in a crash on the outskirts of Bungay has been described as 'dedicated and inspirational' by his family.

Flowers have been laid at the scene of the crash in Mettingham, near Bungay.

Flowers have been laid at the scene of the crash in Mettingham, near Bungay. - Credit: Archant

Anthony Benson-Smith, 45, from Lowestoft, was killed in a two-car crash on the B1062 Beccles Road in Mettingham on Friday. Another driver in his 50s was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Mr Benson-Smith leaves behind a wife, Emma, and five children.

His family said: 'Anthony was a very loving and supportive husband to Emma, he was also a devoted father to his five children - Ania, 19, India, 17, Jude, nine, Ruby, seven, and Eden, five.

'He was a thoughtful and caring son to his parents Peter and Valerie.

'Anthony was a highly-respected, dedicated and inspirational teacher who always put the welfare and education of his students first.

'As deputy headteacher of Bungay Primary School, he demonstrated his strengths in leadership, compassion and support for his team.

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'One of Anthony's friends described him as 'one of the kindest, warmest, most wonderful men we knew', and these thoughts were shared by those who knew him.

'Emma is thankful for the 12 years they shared together and proud of what he achieved. It was a privilege to be his wife and he will live forever in our hearts.

'Our thoughts and prayers are also with the other driver and his family at this time.'

Iain Owens, headteacher at Bungay Primary School, also paid tribute: 'It is with deep sadness that we share the tragic news of a much loved, admired and highly regarded deputy head and teacher Anthony Benson-Smith. Our thoughts and our prayers are with his family at this time.'

Police are still appealing for anyone who saw the crash to come forward, in particular a dog walker who was seen in the area at the time.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101 quoting reference CAD 36 of January 8.