Ipswich: Pup killed after being startled by mini motorbike ridden on pavement

Tracey Kingwell and Rowan Johnston with Dexter, the eight-month-old Rottweiler pup who was hit by a car after being spooked by a 'monkey bike' in Wherstead Road in Ipswich. Tracey Kingwell and Rowan Johnston with Dexter, the eight-month-old Rottweiler pup who was hit by a car after being spooked by a 'monkey bike' in Wherstead Road in Ipswich.

Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Thursday, January 2, 2014
7:30 PM

A couple have been left distraught after their puppy was killed when he was spooked by a “monkey bike”, slipped his lead and was hit by a
car.

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Rowan Johnston, 31, and Tracey Kingwell, 28, were walking eight-month-old Dexter along Wherstead Road, Ipswich, at around 9pm on Boxing Day when the mini motorbike came roaring up behind them on the pavement.

The rider kept revving the bike noisily and was itching to get past, but the sound panicked the Rottweiler pup.

Mr Johnston said: “He kept revving and thrashing about behind us and the dog was really freaking out because of the noise.

“I was trying to control him and he was panicking and then managed to slip from his lead and bolted straight into the road and under a car.

“At first he seemed to be all right and then he bolted again over a fence, and I chased after him across two or three gardens – I kept screaming his name and eventually he came. He seemed OK but we took him to straight to the vet’s, where they found he had a punctured lung and he was dead within an hour.”

Mr Johnston, who is carrying out work on the couple’s home in Wherstead Road at present, and Ms Kingwell, who works for the NHS, had only had Dexter since Christmas Eve. They say the bike rider watched their pet go under the car and then rode off.

They are furious that he was riding on the pavement.

Mr Johnston said: “We are extremely distraught – this has ruined our best Christmas ever. We loved him dearly and miss him immensely.

“I would like to help the police catch the rider of the bike and raise awareness of how people should drive around animals – this person should not have been riding on the pavement, in my opinion. All drivers learn they should slow down and not rev near animals, and do nothing to scare them.”

A police spokesman said the use of mini motorbikes was a complex issue and depended on the regulations governing the machines and depended on principally on engine size. Mechanically-propelled vehicles using the highway do require tax, insurance and MoT.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call police on 101.

8 comments

  • So very sorry for the loss of a beautiful dog, RIP dexter. I hope the idiot is found

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    L S

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • "The use of mini motorbikes is a complex issue" said the police spokesman. What about anti social behaviour for a start?

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    Tolly

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I was thinking the same thing 'Tophatt'. I don't know why they story needs to include what they do for a living, what has that got to do with the story?

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    RC

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Again sorry for your loss. A Broken Britain story again when will people behave again proberly. Hope you can move on and maybe find a new Friend take care.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I really hope they catch the person responsible for this. If it had been the other way round and the dog had killed a person then we all know his this story would end. There need to be laws in place to stop people from riding these bikes on pavements. If you are not allowed to ride a normal push bike on a pavement then you should most definitely not be allowed to ride one with a motor.

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    Pepperpotty

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Sorry about the loss of the lovely dog. If only they had let the bike pass straight away. If the bike was revving and thrashing about behind them I suggest they were purposely blocking the way. I do not agree with those pathetic little motorbikes either, but if I had a dog and saw that he was in distress because of the noise I would of let the bike pass to relieve his suffering. If only.

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    richie w

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Sorry about the loss of the lovely dog. If only they had let the bike pass straight away. If the bike was revving and thrashing about behind them I suggest they were purposely blocking the way. I do not agree with those pathetic little motorbikes either, but if I had a dog and saw that he was in distress because of the noise I would of let the bike pass to relieve his suffering. If only.

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    richie w

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • So sorry to hear about this loss, what a beautiful animal. These so called mini scooters should be banned. how are you supposed to trace the rider when there are no plates on them. There was one going up and down near my parents on xmas day most of the day, up and down public footpaths and passageways, and was scaring the life out of their cats! Its usually the chav types that use them anyway, someone should throw the scooter and driver under a car! These need to be banned, and people caught with them deserve an on the spot fine!

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    You What

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

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