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Popular farmer killed in weekend car crash
Tributes are being paid to a well known farmer who died in a car crash this weekend.
Emergency services were called to a country lane near Lewes on Saturday after reports a black Audi hatchback had crashed into a tree.
The victim has been named locally as Glyn Thomas, 38, who ran Holmansbridge Farm in Barcombe, near Lewes, and was well known in the community.
His friend, a passenger in the car, was not seriously injured in the accident. The family also run the much vaunted Glyn Thomas and Son Butchers in Lindfield.
It supplies meat across the county and has been listed by The Telegraph as one of the country’s best foodie addresses.
Just days ago Mr Thomas, understood to have three children, featured in The Argus speaking excitedly about Christmas and how busy he was.
Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, who had worked with the business, said: “It is very sad. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Mr Thomas’ family yesterday did not wish to speak. But online, people paid tribute to him on a local forum.
One commentator said: “Shocking and terrible news. All my love and thoughts to the family.”
Another person said: “I heard this morning and am so shocked. Terrible at any time, but at Christmas with three small children left without a dad is heartbreaking.”
A third wrote: “He was a lovely, cheerful guy who will be sorely missed by family and friends.”
Another person added: “The world is a grim place indeed. He gave so much to his business, his community and his family. He’ll be greatly missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Sussex Police confirmed a crash occurred on the westbound carriageway of Cooksbridge Road, between Barcombe Cross and Deadmantree Hill, just before 1.10am.
A spokesman said: “He lost control and sadly died at the scene.” Anyone who saw what happened is asked to call Sussex Police on 101, quot- ing Operation Draught.