Speeding putting children’s lives at risk, say families

Campaigning for road safety measures on Oxford Road in Stakeford, Janine Brown with Callie Graham aged 2 who was seconds behind Janine's cat when it was run over and killed by a speeding car.
Campaigning for road safety measures on Oxford Road in Stakeford, Janine Brown with Callie Graham aged 2 who was seconds behind Janine's cat when it was run over and killed by a speeding car.
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WORRIED parents in Stakeford fear it is only a matter of time before one of their children is knocked over by a car unless action is taken to make their street safer.

Kelly Brown is calling on Northumberland County Council to introduce new road safety measures in Oxford Road.

The mum of four’s call comes after her two-year-old daughter Callie was just seconds behind a cat when it was run over and killed by a speeding car.

Neighbours and children were sitting outside enjoying the sunshine when a car roared along the street at a speed they estimate to have been in excess of 40mph and hit the pet, leaving it fatally injured.

Kelly, 31, said: “Callie nearly followed the cat onto the road. I dread to think what could’ve happened.

“I could not see the car as it was going so fast, and there were children playing in the street as well.

“It’s a dangerous place, and I’d like to see more traffic-calming measures in place to stop cars speeding down the street when children are playing.”

It was Kelly’s next-door neighbour and cousin, Janine Brown, 39, whose cat was killed. She also fears for the safety of children there and said she would like to see the street become a pedestrian-only zone.

“There are almost 40 children on this street and a pedestrian cut-off point would be ideal,” said the mum of two.

“I was in the house, and everyone was outside relaxing.

“The children were playing, and all of a sudden I heard car wheels screeching and our Mittens ran out in front of the car.

“Everyone was screaming, but the car continued to speed off.

“It’s a 30mph zone, but that car was doing at least 40mph. It’s a common problem here.”

A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: “We are not aware of any petitions or incidents relating to this stretch of road.

“If a petition is submitted, we would, of course, look into the matter in the usual way.”

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “At 7.46pm on Sunday, April 24, police received a report that a cat had been hit and killed by a car travelling at excessive speed along Oxford Road, Stakeford. Inquiries are ongoing.

“Neighbourhood police are now working with residents to address concerns about motorists driving at excessive speed.”