Talented student killed in road crash

Richard BatsonTributes are being paid to a teenage media student who died in a crash driving the car that starred in one of his movie projects.James Giles, known as Jay.Richard Batson

Tributes are being paid to a teenage media student who died in a crash driving the car that starred in one of his movie projects.

James Giles, known as Jay. suffered fatal injuries in a crash at Thorpe Market between Cromer and North Walsham on Sunday afternoon.

The 19-year-old was a student at Paston College, and just weeks ago one of the films he made on his course was showcased in a media festival. It featured the black Ford Fiesta car that was his passion, and in which he was killed.

Last night his mother Dullah said she was proud of her 'loving, kind and sensitive' son, whose dream was to follow in the footsteps of Slumdog Millionaire movie maker Danny Boyle, but using British talent.


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His Paston movie was about the youngsters who cruise the streets in their modified cars in Yarmouth and his home town of North Walsham, but also included his own Fiesta, which he prepared with friends for two years before passing his driving test.

Jay moved to Norfolk in 2003, and attended North Walsham high school before going to college. The young man from Swafield Rise was also well-known through his summer jobs working at the now-closed Woolworths store in the town, and more recently at Morrison's supermarket in Cromer.

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He was driving home from there when the accident happened. His mother said he had called her shortly beforehand asking her to cut his hair before he took his girlfriend to her grandmother's funeral the following day.

Paston College principal Peter Mayne said Jay was 'charming young man' who had worked hard at his B Tec national course in media and film production.

He was on course to earn a merit pass and had got a place to study for a degree in film and video production at the Norwich University of Creative Arts.

'He was very positive and one of the students everybody liked. We have had a lot of upset people here - not just students but also teaching and support staff because on these sort of courses students develop very close working relationships with the youngsters.'

Mr Mayne added Jay's death had caused an 'awful feeling in the pit of the stomach,' adding 'We deal with people's futures here, so when you hear of a young person dying like this it ricochets around the college.'

Floral tributes have been placed at the crash scene by friends and family. Jay's Fiesta was travelling heading from Cromer to North Walsham on the A149, when it was in a collision with a red Seat Ibiza travelling in the opposite direction 300 yards on the Cromer side of the Thorpe Market crossroads.

Police are appealing for any witnesses of the crash which happened at 4.45pm on Sunday or who saw the vehicles before the collision.

Contact PC Steve Tyrell at the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A funeral will be held at St Faith's Crematorium on Friday July 17 at 1.15pm, with donations to the East Anglian Air Ambulance through directors Murrell Cork.

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