Kesgrave boy racer fear

BOY RACERS speeding through Kesgrave streets at up to 70mph are an accident waiting to happen, claim frightened residents.Now anxious Penzance Road residents are calling for speed bumps and police speed checks to prevent the area becoming an accident blackspot.

BOY RACERS speeding through Kesgrave streets at up to 70mph are an accident waiting to happen, claim frightened residents.

Now anxious Penzance Road residents are calling for speed bumps and police speed checks to prevent the area becoming an accident blackspot. Neighbourhood watch leader Michael Banthorpe, who lives nearby on Brendon Drive, said: "It is mainly juveniles on motorbikes and in cars racing at high speeds. It is very dangerous and is an accident waiting to happen."

"It is more of a problem at night time and it is inconvenient with the noise."

Phillip Shaw, 58, of Penzance Road said: "Everyone speeds up here apart from the residents and it is very dangerous. They ought to have police up here all the time and speed bumps. Anything to slow people down."

"This is a quiet residential road but every other car you will find is speeding at about 40mph, even the buses. You can see the vehicles that are going along at 30, but not many of them do."

Emma Summers, 30, of D & J Summers Florists, agreed that there was a problem.

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She said: "I think there needs to be speed bumps along it. They do go fast, especially the kids. They go down here at about 60 or 70mph sometimes. I think most of the problem is in the evenings."

Jim Smith, 55, who lives on nearby Camborne Road, said: "The cars come along the road so fast and so do the motorbikes. But it is not fair to just blame the juveniles because everyone does it."

Brian Lewis, 67, Penzance Road, was aware of the problem but thought the majority of people were sensible in their speed.

He said: "Most people seem to be sensible but you do get the odd person who will go fast. This is a very busy road."

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