Motorcyclist who died after crash on A47 near Dereham is named

The inquest will open on Thursday following the death of a motorcyclist whose bike collided a car on the A47.

Matthew Mallett, 41, of Terrington St Clement, near King's Lynn, was riding a yellow Yamaha bike at Wendling when the crash occurred with a black Ford Focus at about 8.30pm last Thursday.

Mr Mallett suffered chest, back and head injuries and died in hospital.

Police said the 61-year-old Focus driver was arrested in connection with the incident and had been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Friends and work colleagues have left tribute messages on our website.


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Work colleague Tony Mears wrote: 'There is another star in the night sky tonight. You will be sorely missed by all that had the privilege of knowing you. Our hearts go out to you wife and children.'

Fellow co-worker Jac O'Donoghue wrote: 'You will be in our thoughts and prayers; you will be missed by all who worked with you.'

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Friend Johnnie Hales wrote: 'Proud to have known you as a true friend. You were a funny [and] brilliant bloke who will leave a big hole in so many people's lives.'

Two spanners had been left in the formation of a cross at the site as another tribute to the motorcyclist.

Police said the Focus was travelling towards Dereham and turned right at the junction with the hotel. The motorcyclist was heading towards Swaffham.

Police are still asking witnesses to contact them. In particular, they want to hear from the driver of a small-sized car, possibly red, which was overtaken on the dual carriageway approaching Dereham and travelling towards Swaffham. Call the Swaffham roads policing unit on 101.

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