‘There is very much a feeling of sadness and grief’ - Pulham Market residents react to devastating crash which killed three teenagers named locally as Dominic O’Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines
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Villagers in the close-knit community of Pulham Market have vowed to rally round in support of the families affected by the tragic crash which claimed the lives of three teenagers.
Devastated residents began calling each other with the dreadful news as early as 6.30am after it became clear that three young people had died after the single vehicle collision in Tivetshall Road.
The young people were later named locally as Dominic O'Neill, Kyle Warren and Billy Hines, believed to be from the local area, as friends of the trio took to social media to pay their heartfelt tributes.
Katie Dade, 19, of Tattlepot Road - whose home is right next to where police cordoned off the road - said: 'There were police cars all around our house.
'When it's someone you know, it hits you closer to home than it would if you didn't know them.
'It was just a shock really. We didn't expect it - it's such a small village, you never expect anything like that to happen. It's one of those things you hear about in big cities but not here.
'So many people are just trying to work out what has happened.
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'All of the comments on social media are just that they're grieving. There is very much a feeling of sadness and grief.'
Chris Faiers, 43, of Julians Way, Pulham Market, said: 'It is such a shock to think that's three children who have died. It's not a nice thing to happen.'
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One woman, who did not want to be named, added: 'It is absolutely devastating. Our hearts go out to the families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.'
Barry Parten, of Bank Street, Pulham Market, said: 'It's a horrible thing to have happened.'
Mick Ross, landlord of the nearby Falcon pub, said: 'It's such an amazing shock to the whole village.'
Another woman, who also did not want to be named, added: 'It is horrendous.
'When the man died on the way to Stuston, it shook everyone up because he was known here. It will definitely upset and shock people.
'The families must be absolutely devastated. When you're a parent of a teenager with a car, they never go out without you worrying.'
But despite the shock, the residents' thoughts soon turned to supporting the families concerned.
Betty Lim, 86, of The Green, Pulham Market, said: 'It is such a terrible thing to happen. I'll certainly do anything I can to support them.
'The whole village will pull together I'm sure. It's a pretty close village.'
Barry Smith, 72, of Station Road, Pulham Market, said: 'It's all very sad. I've got children and I don't know what I'd what I'd do if that was me. It's devastating.
'We're all closely together and if they want help, we'll do it.'
Donna Oswick, 46, also of Station Road, added: 'Several people have been putting on social media how shocked and sad they are, and that they're thinking of the families.
'It gets everyone heightened up when it happens so close by and everyone just goes into panic, in case it's anyone they know.
'It does seem that little bit closer to home. When young lives go suddenly, it's just dreadful. Everyone is going to be devastated.
'We've only lived here 18 months but it does seem like a very close-knit community. They do lots of village events and a lot of people will just be quite shocked.
'I have absolutely no doubt that people will pull together to support the families - it's very much a community village.