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Tribute to army veteran with "heart of a lion"

3 Nov 2021

A motorcyclist who died after a collision on the A505 at Whittlesford on Friday (29 October) has been named by police.

The collision, which took place near the BP service station at just before 4pm, also involved a grey Mercedes C200 and a blue Vauxhall Grandland X.

The motorcyclist, Pete Tunstall, 52, of Hunters Close, Tring, Hertfordshire, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have paid tribute to him in the following statement: “Pete was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

“Pete, a scouser by birth and big Liverpool FC fan, was a retired warrant officer who served 22 years in the British Army in the Royal Corps of Transport (RCT) and later the Royal Logistics Corps (RLC).

"He was a very experienced and safe rider who had in the past competed in endurance races on his bike, ridden off-road bikes and had been a close protection driver and rider in the military, trained to advanced police standards.

“He had a diverse and varied career; serving all over the world including Northern Ireland and Iraq. He ended his career in Wales as the Permanent Staff Instructor in Carmarthen, which is where he met his wife Tracy.

“Pete had the heart of a lion, was fiercely protective of his family and friends and loved Tracy and his children Ryan and Aimee and three step-sons Chris, Alex and Jack totally and unconditionally. He was always ready with a smile, a bear hug and words of encouragement.

“The baby of the family, he also leaves behind brothers Tim and Ian and sisters Jaqueline and Gillian. Pete was also a loyal friend and proud veteran who had just started to get back in touch with old mates again.

“The whole family are devastated by the loss of Pete, and are still struggling to come to terms with what has happened. Tracy would like to thank everyone who has offered words of comfort and support, and in particular the military community, who have been truly amazing.”

A 38-year-old man from Diss, in Norfolk, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drugs and drug driving. He was taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough and has since been released under investigation.

Anyone with information, in particular dash-cam footage of the collision or any of the vehicles involved in the moments before, is urged to contact the Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit via web chat or online forms quoting incident 265 of 29 October. Anyone without internet access should call 101.

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