Shipston man named as victim of fatal accident

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A SHIPSTON man who died in a tragic motorcycle collision near Oxford last week has been described as a ‘wonderful chap and a much loved member of the community.’

Mike Dobbin, 72, died following a collision on the A420 near the Botley Interchange just before 4.30pm last Friday, 22ndSeptember.

Paying tribute to Mr Dobbin, friend Baggy Saunders, who runs the Horseshoe and Blackhorse Inn in Shipston, said: “He was just a great, great bloke, we had a quiz in his memory last night at the Horseshoe.

“I knew Mike for around 30 years, he was a charming, charming man, I couldn’t describe a more decent bloke than Mike.

“He was very active in the community, very kind and giving and I would think all of Shipston would have good things to say about him. He used to work in Human resources at Norgren, which I think is what first brought him to Shipston.

“He was undoubtedly one of the most loved members of our community and he will be sadly missed, a wonderful chap.”

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: “Just before 4.30pm on Friday (22/9) a motorcycle was involved in a collision with a stationary van in lane one of the A420 a short distance from the A34 Botley interchange roundabout.

“The rider fell from his bike and was struck by another motorcycle travelling in lane two of the A420.

“The air ambulance attended the scene and the first motorcyclist a 72-year-old man from Warwickshire was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed as have HM Coroner for Oxfordshire.

“The van driver was uninjured and the second motorcyclist was taken to the JR2 hospital by land ambulance and has since been discharged.”

No arrests have been made in connection with the collision and police are appealing for witnesses.

Senior investigating officer, Sgt Jack Hawkins of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, based at Abingdon, added: “Our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this very difficult time.

“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed this road traffic collision to come forward and call 101 quoting reference 970 22/9/17.”

If you have any information which could help police with their enquiries call 101, requesting Thames Valley Police and provide the reference number 970 22/9/17.

Anyone who would like to add their own tribute to Mike for the Herald next week is invited to contact the newsdesk at: news@stratford-herald.com