Family pays its tributes to ‘cheerful chap’

James Sutton
James Sutton

THE family of a man who died after he was in collision with a police car this week paid tribute to him.

James Sutton, 46, of Silchester Road, St Leonards, died on the A259 in White Rock last Wednesday evening (March 12) following the accident.

The police car was responding to a report of a disqualified driver.

His sister, 45-year-old Helga Akitt, of Bexhill Road, St Leonards, said: “James was a cheerful friendly chap. He had a playful smile and always had something to say, often a bit of light-hearted theatrical banter.

“He was a warm, sentimental character, liked using his hands and working outside. Often he claimed to have green fingers and took pride in reviving dying plants in the house or garden.

“He was a man of the town and preferred to walk everywhere with his best friend Palmer his dog. James also had a great sense of humour which he shared with everyone he met, often raising the spirit of those he was with.

“James will be a sorely missed part of the lives of his family and friends, especially by myself, his daughter Chloe, nephew Jake, his brother Paul, my son Nathan and my daughters Daniella and Ayisha.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been informed of last Wednesday’s tragedy, whivh happened around 7.20pm. Chief inspector Natalie Moloney, of Sussex Police, said: “We are co-operating fully with the IPCC and our thoughts are with all those involved and particularly with Mr Sutton’s family. Any witnesses are asked to call 101 or email quoting Operation Marshside.”