Families pay tribute to men killed in collision on Bromham Road

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(L-R) John Manning and Mark Varney
(L-R) John Manning and Mark Varney

Tributes have been paid to two men who died in a road traffic collision on Bromham Road, Bedford on Saturday (31 October).

John Manning, 66, of Ashburnham Road, Bedford, and Mark Varney, 65, of Kendal Gardens, Linslade, were involved in a collision with a car on Bromham Road just after midday.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident and has since been released under investigation.

“Our wonderful dad was a charitable and big-hearted man. He was a loving father, uncle, brother and friend, but mostly a very proud and doting grandpa,” said Mr Manning’s family.

“Thank you to those who attended the scene for your kindness – it has brought a great comfort to our family.”

Mr Varney’s family also released a statement: “As a family, we are truly devastated to have him ripped from us like this, so suddenly and so tragically.

“Mark was a much-loved father, son, brother, and was soon to be a grandfather.

“He was a kind and loving family man, who has been a huge support to his widowed mother in recent years and was so excited to meet his first grandchild in a few weeks’ time.”

Bedfordshire Police are still investigating the incident and urge anyone with information to help with their enquiries.

You can visit their online reporting centre, or call them on 101 quoting Operation Stardust.

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