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The family of a popular café owner, who died in a car crash, has paid tribute to ‘a ray of sunshine who lit up any room’.

Julie Dibbs died in a fatal collision on the A1120 in Ashfield.
Julie Dibbs died in a fatal collision on the A1120 in Ashfield.

Julie Dibbs died in a collision on the A1120 in Ashfield on Monday.

Her Honda Civic was involved in a collision with a coach and a Skoda Octavia shortly after 9am.

The 49-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a joint statement, the family said: “This is an unimaginable situation we find ourselves in, with such a wonderful woman who will be missed by everyone.

“Julie was a ray of sunshine who lit up any room she entered.”

The male driver of the coach involved in the crash was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The coach was not carrying any passengers and no-one else was hurt.

An investigation into the cause of the collision is continuing.

Mrs Dibbs leaves behind a husband Andy, three sons Harry, Joe and Charlie, parents Val and Ron, and her brother and sisters Pete, Deb and Sue.

Since her death, tributes from family and friends have continued to pour in on social media, describing her as “someone with a heart of gold” and a “beautiful, kind, loving bright light taken too early”.

She was well known as the owner of The Deli Cafe at The Chilli Farm on the A140 at Mendlesham.

The café, which has been shut for the entire week, is due to reopen tomorrow.

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