Bungay deputy head teacher Anthony Benson-Smith died in road crash

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Image caption Anthony Benson-Smith's wife Emma said she was "thankful for the 12 years they shared together and proud of what he achieved"

A car driver killed in a road crash in Suffolk was a father-of-five and a "dedicated and inspirational" deputy head teacher, his family said.

Anthony Benson-Smith, 45, died in a collision between his Ford Fiesta and a Peugeot 107 at Mettingham, near Bungay, on Friday.

He taught at Bungay Primary School.

A family statement, issued via Suffolk Police, said: "Anthony was very loving and supportive husband to Emma and also a devoted father to his five children."

Mr Benson-Smith, who was from Lowestoft, was killed in the crash on the B1062 Beccles Road at 07:15 GMT.

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The driver of the other vehicle, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

The family statement said: "Anthony was a highly respected, dedicated and inspirational teacher who always put the welfare and education of his students first.

"As deputy head teacher of Bungay Primary School he demonstrated his strengths in leadership, compassion and support for his team.

"One of Anthony's friends described him as 'one of the kindest, warmest, most wonderful men we knew', and these thoughts were shared by those who knew him."

Mr Benson-Smith leaves five children: Ania, 19; India, 17; Jude, nine; Ruby, seven, and Eden, five.

Suffolk Police appealed for witnesses to the crash and said a dog walker who was in the area may have useful information.

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