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Family tribute after fatal collision

The 91-year-old man who died in a fatal collision in Lytchett Matravers on Friday 18 September 2015 has been named by his family.

Peter Brett, of Lytchett Matravers, sadly died following a collision between his blue Mercedes A class car and a white Ford Transit Connect van, being driven by an 84-year-old Swanage man.

He was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries the following day. The driver of the van was uninjured.

Peter’s family said in a statement: “We are devastated to say that Peter is no longer with us, and he will be greatly missed by his wife, daughter and grandchildren.

“At the end of the Second World War, Peter and his wife of 67 years, Rosemary Brett OBE bought as their first home a motor gun boat, without the gun, as there were very few houses in Plymouth due to the bombing.

“After leaving the Navy, Peter became an engineer with British Cellophane and set up the first cellophane factory in Canada.

“Returning from overseas he bought a 100 acre farm in Somerset which he ran for 10 years.

“Peter was a keen sailor and would sail single handed to France and the Channel Islands even in his mid-80s. He had recently completed restoring a 20ft sailboat, and had been a member of the Royal Motor Yacht Club for some years.

“Peter was well known locally and supported his politically active wife Rosemary who had helped run the Poole & Mid Dorset & North Poole Conservative Associations since 1990.

“His niece is the European Member of Parliament for the West Midlands, Anthea McIntyre MEP.”

Dorset Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident to call Police Constable Lee Savage of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit on 101.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 18:173. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 23 September 2015


Update: 14 April 2016

An 84-year-old man from Swanage is due to appear in court in connection with a fatal collision in Lytchett Matravers.

He received a postal requisition to appear at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Friday 15 April 2016, for the offence of causing death by careless driving.

The collision occurred on Friday 18 September 2015 between a blue Mercedes A class car and a white Ford Transit Connect van in Huntick Road.

Peter Brett, 91, died in hospital the following day.

Peter Brett