Romford mum won't let children play in garden after cars crash through wall twice in a few months
PUBLISHED: 17:03 18 October 2018
One car crashed through the wall after being chased by police, and the other was a stolen vehicle.
A Romford mum is worried about letting her children play outside her house after two cars crashed through her front garden in a number of months.
One of the cars was stolen, the other was involved in a police chase.
Tracy Jones said she doesn’t feel safe letting Harry, 11, and Ella, eight, play in the garden at their home in Mawney Road because they might be hit.
She said: “We have been lucky so far, but it could happen at anytime and my children could have been playing in the garden.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt.”
The first incident happened in May after police officers patrolling the Gallows Corner area in the early hours of the morning, reported spotting a car driving at speed and indicated for it to stop.
The car did not stop and an authorised pursuit then began that ended in the car ploughing through Tracy’s front garden.
The driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
A car then crashed through the same wall at the side of her house this month.
Tracy said police told her it was stolen.
She said when she came out of her house just after midnight, to check if the driver and passenger were OK they shouted abuse at her and her husband.
The mum-of-two has said that ideally a steep speed bump or cameras would be put in the road to stop drivers speeding.
In total both crashes have cost the family around £4,500 - with damage cause to their wall, shed and car that was parked on the drive.
Councillor Jason Frost, of Mawneys Ward said himself and other councillors have spoken to the highways team at the council to request that the area is identified as a possible location for “additional traffic calming measures” - such as speed bumps or cameras.
He said that whether or not this happens will be subject to approval by Transport for London.