Owen Allan, of Braintree, and his neighbours were woken at the crack of dawn by the crash.

Halstead Gazette: Fuming pensioner demands action after 13th crash into property Fuming pensioner demands action after 13th crash into property

A fuming pensioner who installed bollards outside his bungalow after 12 cars crashed through his front gates is demanding action from the authorities following the thirteenth smash.

Owen Allan, 75, and his neighbours were left shocked when at the crack of dawn a Renault Clio ploughed through his reinforced concrete bollards, through his double iron gates, halfway up the garden, veered to the right and became impaled on the partition wall, crashing into his next door neighbour’s car, which also resulted in damage to further vehicles.

Halstead firefighters attended the scene at 3.59am on Saturday to make the area safe and check nobody was trapped in the wreckage.

See the BWT for the full story.

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12:23pm Thu 5 Jun 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

What a wretched situation for Ollie Beak to be stuck in. It just goes on and on without apparently any progress being made whatsoever. Does anybody in a position of authority really care? It rather seems not!

What may we ask became of his plea for help to the Prime Minister which we were informed was passed to the Department of Transport almost a year ago?

How many times have the police carried out random checks and apprehended miscreant speeding motorists along that stretch of road since they were challenged through these columns (by yours truly) to do so on 12 June last year?

I am minded to think that the answers to the above two queries could well constitute some discomfiting reference material for a future Coroner to mull over whilst preparing to invoke the Rule 43 prerogative and ‘go to town’ on the recalcitrant authorities who persistently did nothing about this situation until the unthinkable eventually happened.

God forbid it should come to that, but the writing is well and truly on the wall for all to see – however many times it gets knocked down!
What a wretched situation for Ollie Beak to be stuck in. It just goes on and on without apparently any progress being made whatsoever. Does anybody in a position of authority really care? It rather seems not! What may we ask became of his plea for help to the Prime Minister which we were informed was passed to the Department of Transport almost a year ago? How many times have the police carried out random checks and apprehended miscreant speeding motorists along that stretch of road since they were challenged through these columns (by yours truly) to do so on 12 June last year? I am minded to think that the answers to the above two queries could well constitute some discomfiting reference material for a future Coroner to mull over whilst preparing to invoke the Rule 43 prerogative and ‘go to town’ on the recalcitrant authorities who persistently did nothing about this situation until the unthinkable eventually happened. God forbid it should come to that, but the writing is well and truly on the wall for all to see – however many times it gets knocked down! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 3

4:56pm Thu 5 Jun 14

TheTaxpayer says...

I totally agree. If cars keep hitting the place, its clearly in a dangerous position. Knock it down and install run off and a gravel trap. No more car crashes and no more whingeing.
I totally agree. If cars keep hitting the place, its clearly in a dangerous position. Knock it down and install run off and a gravel trap. No more car crashes and no more whingeing. TheTaxpayer
  • Score: -4

8:00pm Thu 5 Jun 14

GrumpyGrampa says...

Looking on Google earth it shows a speed hump just before the corner. This would unsettle a fast car and cause it to crash on the corner. Yes the car was going far too fast and needed to be forced to slow down, but causing it to crash and endanger other people is not the right way to do it. Take the speed hump out and maybe a chicane would work better.
Looking on Google earth it shows a speed hump just before the corner. This would unsettle a fast car and cause it to crash on the corner. Yes the car was going far too fast and needed to be forced to slow down, but causing it to crash and endanger other people is not the right way to do it. Take the speed hump out and maybe a chicane would work better. GrumpyGrampa
  • Score: 1

4:16pm Mon 9 Jun 14

my say 007 says...

Living along that road and seeing the speed that some drivers take that corner I am suprised that it has only been 13 times. Maybe the council should change that road to a one way system from the opposit direction so that would take the edge off of that corner.
Living along that road and seeing the speed that some drivers take that corner I am suprised that it has only been 13 times. Maybe the council should change that road to a one way system from the opposit direction so that would take the edge off of that corner. my say 007
  • Score: 4

5:59pm Mon 9 Jun 14

/@|_|@\ says...

This poor bloke's been suffering since even before June last year. His story was reported back at the beginning of February last year.

Personally, I hope that the thirteen drivers' insurance policies have properly recompensed Mr. Allan not just for the damage repair but also for emotional distress and hardship. Somehow I doubt it and, under similar circumstances, I'd be canvassing for a lawyer who I could hire as an attorney to properly represent me in this matter.
This poor bloke's been suffering since even before June last year. His story was reported back at the beginning of February last year. Personally, I hope that the thirteen drivers' insurance policies have properly recompensed Mr. Allan not just for the damage repair but also for emotional distress and hardship. Somehow I doubt it and, under similar circumstances, I'd be canvassing for a lawyer who I could hire as an attorney to properly represent me in this matter. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 2

12:12am Thu 12 Jun 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

my say 007 wrote:
Living along that road and seeing the speed that some drivers take that corner I am suprised that it has only been 13 times. Maybe the council should change that road to a one way system from the opposit direction so that would take the edge off of that corner.
Now why didn't I think of that?

Classic lateral thinking - what an excellent idea!
[quote][p][bold]my say 007[/bold] wrote: Living along that road and seeing the speed that some drivers take that corner I am suprised that it has only been 13 times. Maybe the council should change that road to a one way system from the opposit direction so that would take the edge off of that corner.[/p][/quote]Now why didn't I think of that? Classic lateral thinking - what an excellent idea! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 4

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