Motorbike rider Gary Houghton was killed in crash

A MOTORBIKE rider who was killed in a crash with a tractor last Friday has been named.

Gary Edward Houghton, aged 54, from Newton Saint Margarets died on the B348 near Thruxton at 4.10pm last Friday afternoon (April 23).

An inquest was opened into his death this morning (Friday) before being adjourned for further information to be gathered.


Police were called at 4.05pm to reports that a black-and-chrome Kawasaki motorbike and a green Fendt tractor had crashed at the Thruxton junction, towards Arkstone Court, Clehonger.

The road was closed for several hours into the evening as emergency services, including the ambulance service, police and Midlands Air Ambulance, attended the scene of the crash.

Mr Houghton was pronounced dead at the scene.

PC Lee Palmer of West Mercia Police said the force would like to speak to anybody who saw the crash

He said: “Our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this difficult time.

“While investigations are ongoing, we are appealing for any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the incident and may have dash-cam footage to please come forward.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 427i of 23 April 2021.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 08005 55111 or via their website.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash on the B348.

Hereford Times