Location, Location, Location TV star Phil Spencer’s parents are both killed in car crash on family farm where he grew up – with fellow Channel 4 co-host Kirstie Allsopp paying tribute
Location, Location, Location TV star Phil Spencer’s parents have both been killed in a tragic car crash on the family farm where he grew up.
His father Richard, 89, and mother Anne, 82, were pulled from the vehicle after it veered off their access road and went into a river on the farm, but they sadly could not be saved.
Channel 4 property show co-host Kirstie Allsopp paid tribute to the parents of her close friend Phil, 53, and said it was a ‘great source of solace’ to him that they were together as they passed away, The Sun reports.
Richard and Anne were reportedly driving on an access road to a local pub for lunch on Friday when their car drifted into a shallow river, which is a tributary which flows through the family farm in Littlebourne, near Canterbury, Kent.
Property TV star Phil Spencer’s parents have both been killed in a tragic car crash on the family farm where he grew up (Phil Spencer pictured with his mother Anne)
The TV presenter’s parents Richard and Anne Spencer, pictured in 2014
Phil’s (left) Location, Location, Location co-host Kirstie Allsopp (right) paid tribute to the parents of her close friend, and said it was a ‘great source of solace’ to him that they were together as they passed away
The fire service and police officers were called to the scene and an air ambulance also flew to the farm.
Richard and Anne were pulled from the car and taken to hospital, but he was pronounced dead there and she died afterwards.
Another woman, in her 60s, was also in the car but suffered minor injuries.
Phil, 53, spent last night with his younger sisters Caryn and Helen and his older brother David.
Kirstie Allsopp told The Sun that she had spoken to Phil and that the deaths were ‘tragic for the Spencer family’ which is ‘very loving and close’.
She said that Richard and Anne, who had four children and eight grandchildren, were ‘lovely people’ and ‘both people of Christian faith’.
Kirstie added that Phil and his siblings are supporting each other through the tragedy.
Phil has spoken in the past about his love of where he grew up and being the son of a farmer.
He lives in Hampshire with wife Fiona and their two children and has a holiday cottage on the family farm, which his parents were in charge of before eldest David took over.
A neighbour told The Sun that the fatal crash happened near a small stone bridge which locals have thought to be dangerous.
Phil and his siblings are supporting each other through the tragedy
Kent Police told the paper that they were called to the incident at 12.36pm on Friday to a report of a single-vehicle collision in Littlebourne.
A spokeswoman said: ‘Officers attended along with other emergency services and a man and woman in their 80s were taken to a local hospital where they were later pronounced deceased.
‘A third person, a woman in her 60s, was in the vehicle and sustained minor injuries.
‘The next of kin has been informed and a report will now be prepared for the coroner.’
Also in attendance at the crash were three fire engines and a water rescue unit which took two hours to winch the car out of the river.
It is not known who was driving at the time of the crash.