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‘It was horrendous’ - father and his baby son narrowly miss being hit by a tree

PUBLISHED: 18:16 09 February 2020 | UPDATED: 20:49 09 February 2020

A tree has fallen down Nacton road due to heavy winds damaging an Audi and narrowly missing a house Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

A tree has fallen down Nacton road due to heavy winds damaging an Audi and narrowly missing a house Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Charlotte Bond

A man from Ipswich has spoken about the dramatic moment a tree fell onto his two cars just minutes after he left the driveway.

John Dodds with his baby son Joseph who has been left terrified after the tree fell down Picture: JOHN DODDSJohn Dodds with his baby son Joseph who has been left terrified after the tree fell down Picture: JOHN DODDS

John Dodds, 34, who lives in Nacton Road, had just stepped back inside his house with his baby son Joseph when he heard a big smash.

Mr Dodds, who has only lived in the property since December 2019, said: "I had a look and there was a tree on top of both of my cars and almost on my house.

"I was running around everywhere to make sure there was no damage to the house.

"My baby was crying and it was just horrendous.

An Audi in Nacton Road, Ipswich was badly damaged by a fallen tree this morning Picture: JOHN DODDSAn Audi in Nacton Road, Ipswich was badly damaged by a fallen tree this morning Picture: JOHN DODDS

"If I was just a few minutes later getting back home it could of trapped me and my son or seriously injured us.

"Joseph has been really clingy since it happened which isn't like him."

As well as the shock the incident has caused, there has been significant damage to the Audi and Vauxhall Zafira belonging to Mr Dodds and his partner.

Though the cars are both insured, Mr Dodds works at Ransomes Europark, said he is not sure if or when they will be on the road again. He is concerned about how his partner will make it to work in the coming days.

A tree fell down on top of an Audi and came very close to damaging the house in Nacton Road Picture: JOHN DODDSA tree fell down on top of an Audi and came very close to damaging the house in Nacton Road Picture: JOHN DODDS

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As soon as Mr Dodds realised what happened, at 9.30am this morning, he called the police who immediately cordoned off the tree.

He has since been told by Suffolk Highways that it may be two days until the tree is removed as it is not blocking a road.

The tree that fell down in Nacton Road is also blocking the footpath Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDThe tree that fell down in Nacton Road is also blocking the footpath Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

However, Ipswich Borough Council teams have now volunteered to move the tree because of its prominent position.

They are coming from across Suffolk to do so, a spokesman said.

He added: "Our emergency team volunteered to come out and chop this tree because of the prominent position it was in, we will be there as soon as we can."

Since it fell the tree has been attracting a lot of attention from passers by and Mr Dodds is concerned that drivers are being distracted.

Damage was also sustained to the famiy Vauxhall Zafira which was parked on the drive of the property in Nacton Road Picture: JOHN DODDSDamage was also sustained to the famiy Vauxhall Zafira which was parked on the drive of the property in Nacton Road Picture: JOHN DODDS

He said: "We are watching people taking their hands off the steering wheel to take photos."

Emily Andrews, who saw the damage at around 10.30am this morning, said: " The silver cars (Vauxhall Zafira) roof is completely dented and the windscreen is smashed, the Audi looked like it got off lightly.

"The whole tree is right up to their front door."

Throughout the day there have been widespread reports of trees falling down and other damage around Ipswich and Kesgrave.

This morning a tree blocked the main road in Kesgrave which caused disruption until it was cleared by police.

Read more: Huge tree blocks busy road leading into Ipswich


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