December 8 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A heavily pregnant woman was taken to hospital with a fractured wrist and a back injury last week after being struck by a moped outside a Romford school.
The 26-year-old, who is 37 weeks pregnant, was crossing at the pedestrian crossing outside Crowlands Primary School, London Road, at midday on September 18 when the incident occurred.
The traffic lights were red.
Angry residents have voiced their concern about the crossing not being manned since a lollipop man retired in June.
Sally Clifford, whose nephew attends Crowlands, said: “I feel it is not right, that road warrants a lollipop person because it is dangerous.
“Cars go flying around and bang to a stop if the lights go red.
“Now this accident has occurred as well as the crash in Waterloo Road.”
Ms Clifford said she is worried a child could get hurt at the crossing in the future.
She added: “If someone can hit a heavily pregnant woman and do damage to her what could they do to a child or baby?
“There’s a nursery nearby and my sister takes her two-year-old with her when she walks her son to school.”
Cllr Barry Tebbutt, cabinet member for streetcare, confirmed the school does not have a lollipop person.
He said: “However, the absence or presence of a person at this location should not stop drivers from stopping at a red light.”
A parent whose son began at the school last week said: “We were told there would be a new lollipop person for the new term, it is a busy crossing.
“I hope the council realises their importance.”
Ms Clifford added: “I think someone somewhere should take responsibility for the area.
“In this day and age it takes something serious to happen before anyone does anything.”
The moped rider involved in the incident is being “processed” for reckless driving, police said.
A 41-year-old man has been stabbed at an address in Harold Hill.