Fenland councillor Roger Green killed in road crash

Roger Green
Image caption Roger Green was elected to Fenland District Council in 1999

A district councillor from Cambridgeshire has been killed in a road accident in Norfolk.

Roger Green, 77, represented Wisbech's Staithe ward on Fenland District Council for the Conservatives.

The car he was driving was involved in a head-on collision on the A47 at Walsoken on Monday afternoon.

The other driver, a man in his 40s from the Leicester area, received arm and leg injuries and his female passenger received internal injuries.

The crash took place at 1442 BST on the A47 Lynn Road.

Mr Green, of Ardleigh Close, Wisbech, was driving a blue Nissan Almera towards King's Lynn, close to the Broadend Road junction.

His car was in collision with a black Audi A4 estate heading in the opposite direction.

'Good friend'

His wife Margaret said in a statement: "He was a lovely man. He loved his town of Wisbech which he considered to be the capital of the Fens.

"He will be a great loss to Wisbech, his friends and his family."

Alan Melton, leader of the Tory-run authority, said: "Roger has been a good friend and colleague to all of us for many years.

"He has served his ward, the town of Wisbech and Fenland with passion and dedication.

"This sad news of Roger's death leaves a big hole in the political arena of Fenland District Council.

"For the last two years Roger was chairman of the planning committee, a post that he thoroughly enjoyed and carried out with fairness and diligence."

Mr Green, a former editor of the Wisbech Standard newspaper, was elected to the council in 1999.

'Unwavering support'

Mr Melton added: "Roger was one of my closest confidants. His advice and guidance was always of great value.

"When I was elected leader of the council last year, his support was unwavering.

"Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are all now for Margaret and his family."

Officers from Norfolk Police's serious collision investigation team are appealing for witnesses to the crash.

They are asking anyone who witnessed the crash or the manner of driving of either vehicle immediately before it to contact them.

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