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Police promise action as councillor blasts use of e-scooters in Wisbech after elderly woman is badly hurt

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A Wisbech councillor is calling for better policing in the town after a 78-year-old woman was injured by an illegal e-scooter.

Coun Rackley, who represents the Waterlees Ward on Wisbech town Council, is furious over what he describes as the lack of proper policing in the town and said: “I haven’t seen a police presence in the town for some time. The lack of police in Wisbech is brought up at every town council meeting, and on the discussion pages.

“These scooters are illegal, they can’t be properly insured, unless it is through some sort of police scheme, yet they are whizzing around the streets being ridden by big teenage lads.

Billy Rackley is concerned about the use of e-scooters on the streets of Wisbech. (47144156)
Billy Rackley is concerned about the use of e-scooters on the streets of Wisbech. (47144156)

“The woman who was injured was one of my constituents and to say I’m angry is an under-statement. She was injured in a hit-and-run incident with one of these scooters in Little Church Street, near the Britannia cafe.

“She suffered severe bruising and cuts to her face, including a black eye, and she has been left badly shaken.

“Action needs to be taken on these scooters. They are a menace and a real danger to the public. They travel so fast and they are in the hands of kids who have no sense of fear.

“If there were more police around then officers could take action to try to stop them being used illegally. It is just another problem that is getting out of control in Wisbech.

“But to be honest they are not just an issue in Wisbech but all over including in March and King’s Lynn. Something must be done because anyone is vulnerable if they are hit by one of these scooters.”

A police spokesman said they were patrolling Wisbech and giving advice to people with e-scooters around there use and she said they are planning a day of action to tackle the issue.

The spokesman said: "It is important people abide by the law around use of electric scooters. They are only legal to ride on private land with the landowner’s permission or as part of a government trial. Penalties for riding them in public can result in penalty points, a fine and the vehicle being seized.

“In busy areas, e-scooters can be highly dangerous, with many having a maximum speed of 15mph or over and those who knowingly and persistently break the law will be dealt with robustly.

“We would therefore, urge anyone who is aware of the illegal use of an e-scooter or has been in a collision with one to contact police so we can act accordingly.”

For more information on using publicly owned e-scooters please read the Government legislation.

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