Tributes paid to father crushed by coach

TRIBUTES have been paid to a father-of-three who was killed after being crushed by the coach he was working on.

Daniel Haffenden was described as a ‘great man’ with a ‘great smile’.

The 43-year-old, who also leaves wife Kerry, died on Thursday while working on a stationary Shearings Holidays coach outside the Majestic Hotel in Royal Parade in Eastbourne.

Paying tribute to the former Cavendish School pupil, Mandy and Paul Sivyer, said, 'Great man, great smile great family, our thoughts go out to Kerry and the boys.’

Another message from Pat, Steve and everyone at Hailsham Plant, read, 'So very unfair when a good hard working man is taken.

'It was a pleasure to have known him.'

Mr Haffenden was the director of DK Tyres based in Cavendish Avenue.

The tragedy unfolded at 10.45am on Thursday when police were called to the seafront following reports a man had suffered serious injuries.

The area between St Aubyns Road and Cambridge Road was cordoned off and traffic diverted for several hours.

The Sussex Air Ambulance and South East Coast Ambulance Service were called but Mr Haffenden was confirmed dead at the scene.

Tributes to Mr Haffenden were paid online with Trevor75 adding, 'R.I.P Danny - your smile will never be forgotten' and Brian and Jenny Hyde wrote, 'Our thoughts to you Kerry and the children for the loss of a good hard working man.

'We passed the scene today, not once thinking that it would be anybody that we knew.'