Tributes pour in for young crash victims

The family of one of the victims of the crash near Bratton Fleming have released a tribute to a devoted young mum.

TRIBUTES have been pouring in for two young people who died in a crash in the early hours of Friday morning near Bratton Fleming.

Police have named the 21-year-old woman who died as young mum Emma Kift, from Bratton Fleming.

Emma’s family said in a statement: “Emma was a devoted mother and very special daughter, and sister, who will be sorely missed by everyone in her extended family and extensive network of friends.

“She enjoyed life to the full and her proudest achievement was her son.

“The family would like to have time to come to terms with a major hole in their lives, and they acknowledge the support of everyone in both Bratton Fleming and in the wider community.”

Police have not officially identified the 23-year-old man who also died in the crash, but he has been locally named as Jonny Popple, also from Bratton Fleming.

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On social networking website Facebook, tributes have been pouring in for both victims.

Jonny’s father, Ian Popple, wrote: “R.I.P jonny. Taken from us far too early. Your in my heart forever. LOVE YOU DAD XXXX”

Maddie-Jo Hattle wrote: “RIP Emma Kift and Jonny Popple. Such a sad loss of two great people, I still can’t believe that you’re gone, take care of each other won’t you :(”

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash near Loxhore Cross at 3.50am.

It is understood that the burnt-out vehicle had rolled 25ft down a steep bank and come to rest on its roof in a field.

Two men were arrested in connection with the crash. A 21-year-old man has since been released on police bail and a 20-year-old man released with no charges.

The two men were being investigated for causing death by dangerous driving.

A police spokesperson said: “A small community has lost two young people and our thoughts are with their families and friends at this tragic time.

“This is the early stages of an investigation and no conclusions should be drawn about the incident at this time.”

Police investigations are ongoing to establish exactly how the crash happened.

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