Lincoln man charged after parents killed in A142 crash

A 31-year-old Lincoln man has been charged with causing the death of a couple after a crash on the A142 in Cambridgeshire.

Robert Bateman, 36, and his wife Paula, 35, of Westfield Road, Manea, March, died in the collision, which involved their Ford Focus and an Iveco Daily van. It happened just after 8pm on Thursday, September 3.

Their two daughters Lexi, aged, 10 and 18-month old Elizabeth were also in the car. Lexi suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and both girls have been discharged from hospital.

The van driver suffered minor injuries and on Monday morning he was named as Luke Norton of Nocton Park Road, Nocton, Lincoln.

He has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Norton was charged with the offences late on Friday night and appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates Court the following day.

He did not enter pleas to the three charges and was remanded in custody. Norton will appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Friday, October 2.

Bob and Paula Bateman died in the crash in Cambridgeshire. Photo: Cambridgeshire Police

In a statement, Bob and Paula’s family said: “We are utterly devastated by this news. Bob and Paula were much-loved friends to many and will be missed by everyone who knew them.

“They were also utterly devoted parents. Bob was a much-loved son and father, while Paula was a much-loved daughter, sister and mother.”

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