December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
A Yettington mother is calling for horseboxes to slow down as they drive through the village – after one crashed into the side of her house.
Hannah Coates says the problem is particularly bad when eventing is held at nearby Bicton Arena, as it was when this incident took place.
Hannah, who lives with husband Damian and four children, says that when she first heard the loud bang her children told her that it was just the noisy horseboxes going past.
But when she went to the front of the house she realised there was a large crack in the wall, and lead had been ripped off the porch roof.
She is now urging horsebox owners, along with all motorists, to take more care – with fears that a far worse incident could take place if drivers don’t slow down.
She said: “We get a lot of horseboxes through here going up to the arena. I think a lot of residents are getting fed up with the way they drive through, as they move at quite a speed.
A lot of children live here and there are a lot of animals around this area. Sometimes my dog has got out and I’ve been petrified as they drive at such a speed.
“They all just need to be a bit more careful with the way they drive through.”
Although Hannah did not see the incident, she said two witnesses had come forward with the vehicle registration.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident, and have traced the driver to Cornwall.
The police spokesman added that drivers in villages like Yettington should have due regard for other road users, be aware of potential dangers, drive according to the conditions and obey road speed restrictions.