Speeding motorists cause mayhem

UP to 20 cars have been damaged in 12 months by motorists speeding through a village and knocking off wing mirrors at a cost of thousands of pounds.Residents in Wickham Market, near Woodbridge, are asking for the enforcement of a 30mph speed limit in the High Street by Rackham's Mill and the introduction of traffic calming measures and speed warning signs.

SPEEDING drivers have damaged as many as 20 cars in a year in one village, knocking off wing mirrors at a cost of thousands of pounds.

Now people living in Wickham Market are asking for the enforcement of the 30mph speed limit in the High Street by Rackham's Mill and the introduction of traffic calming measures.

Christine Knight, who has lived in her 250-year-old terraced house for 14 years, said the walls shook when lorries thundered past and her car had been damaged several times.

Her neighbour Eileen Winkel has had her car damaged three times in eight months.


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In the past two months seven parked cars have been damaged and dead birds and a dead cat have been found on the High Street.

Mrs Knight said: ''People charge past here at anything up to 70mph late at night. There are old people and children around here and it is scary at times because people are going so fast.''

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David Bradley said: ''We want something done as quickly as possible.

''We get agricultural vehicles, vans and others rat-running through here. When they realise they have come too fast, they have to pull in tight and they take off the wing mirrors.''

The parish council has discussed the problems at the lower end of the High Street, near the junction with the A12, at three meetings.

Suffolk County Council plans to strengthen the bridge near Rackham's Mill and this work could be combined with traffic calming measures.

Woodbridge police found there was enough evidence of speeding to justify targeting the area once a month.

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