Vandals cause car to crash at Stapehill
ITEMS placed deliberately in the road at Stapehill caused a local motorist to crash her car in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The woman from Colehill- who has asked us to withhold her name - had received an emergency call at 4am from her 93-year-old mother who was suffering breathing problems.
There were several objects - a rock from the verge, a sign from outside the Wimborne Garden Centre, a dustbin lid, two more commercial signs and several cans and plastic bottles - lying in the road.
Not seeing the rock, she drove over it, and subsequently learned that she had split the wheel of her vehicle.
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Unable to drive the car she had to wait an hour for the breakdown van.
“I tried not to imagine what was going through my mother’s mind as she waited for me to arrive,” she said, adding that her mother ended up calling an ambulance.
“I felt incredibly frustrated at what had happened, but also realised it could have been a lot worse. A bit later in the day and there could have been a pile up.”
She added that the items would certainly have been a hazard for cyclists and motorcyclists.
“It was very stressful and at the time I wondered if it was a ploy to cause a car to stop and mug the occupant,” she said. “The perpetrators who thought it was fun to leave the objects in the road, might like to reflect upon the consequences.”
Further along the road, beyond the Ferndown industrial estate traffic lights, she noticed later that two poles, embedded in heavy concrete bases, had been overturned onto the pavement, providing a hazard to pedestrians.
County councillor for the area, Janet Dover, said: “This sounds a most distressing and dangerous situation brought about by the actions of a thoughtless vandal or vandals. I would like to think that this is an isolated incident but I will be contacting the Safer Neighbourhood Policing Unit for the Stapehill area to express my concerns and to request more police patrols in the area. I would urge the public to report any similar incidents to the police immediately.”
The police say they are unaware of anything similar happening in the area, although graffiti had appeared at the Canford Bottom roundabout recently.
A spokesman said: “If there is no immediate danger, people can report to 101. However, if the incident is dangerous, they should dial 999.”