Call for speed calming after hit and run incident in Wisbech as police appeal for help in tracing driver
A resident living along a busy Wisbech road is calling for action on speeding after a hit and run driver demolished a neighbour’s wall.
Chas Thompson, who lives opposite B & Q on Elm High Road, said Saturday’s (14) incident was the second within the past few weeks and said local authorities are reluctant act because the road is on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border.
He said there are regular incidents along the stretch of road with shunts and minor collisions as people try to edge out from the retail park.
The weekend’s incident, which happened at around 10.15pm, saw his neighbour’s wall and gate demolished by a hit and run driver.
However, he said just a month ago his own property was the victim of a similar hit and run which saw his own front wall damaged.
Chas said: “The driver on Saturday must have been doing 80mph, and there is no doubt in my mind that the driver who hit my wall in February was also speeding.
“We need traffic calming along here, but have been told that because there have been fatalities then nothing can be done about the speeding issue.
“It is only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. If someone had been walking along the pavement at the time of last Saturday’s incident they could have been seriously hurt.
“The problem we have is the fact this road is right on the county border and there is a lot of to-ing and fro-ing between the two councils. We are in Norfolk, but often when we contact either the council or the police, we are told we need to call Cambridgeshire police as we are in their area. It makes it difficult to get anything done.
“It is difficult to get any response. Last Saturday night the car that hit my neighbour’s wall just drove off and was dumped on a piece of land just up the road and the driver had run off.
“The owners of the wall weren’t in when it happened and only found out about it when someone contacted them at their son’s or daughter’s."
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: "We were called to Elm High Road at approximately 10.15pm following reports that a blue Toyota Celica had collided with a wall.
"The car was later recovered by officers; however, the driver had fled the scene. Officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or the manner of driving prior to the collision.
"Please contact PC Ben Hawkins at the Swaffham Roads and Armed Policing Team on 101 quoting incident number 468 of 14 March 2020."
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