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Couple say lives blighted by lorries

PUBLISHED: 08:44 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 July 2010

A couple who say their lives are blighted by lorries illegally using the country road outside their home carried out a traffic survey after claiming police have failed to take action.

A couple who say their lives are blighted by lorries illegally using the country road outside their home carried out a traffic survey after claiming police have failed to take action.

Ian Black, who suffers from a serious heart problem, moved to the property in Harling Road, Garboldisham, in June 2007 with his partner Ann Williamson and her eight-year-old daughter Louise.

The rural road is in a quiet spot with just four cottages along its 1.5 mile length and a 7.5 metric tonne weight restriction to prevent lorries using the route.

But the family say large vehicles, including articulated lorries, low loaders and cranes, regularly thunder at past, starting at about 5am, and Mr Black's health is suffering as a result of lack of sleep and stress.

He said: “I have had two substantial heart attacks and we are just at the end of our tether. The problem is so bad that we supplied the police with dates, times, registration numbers of the offenders, and names of the companies, but no action appears to have been taken.

“We have had support from our local MP Christopher Fraser, and have been sending copious letters by post and email to various places within the police, highways agency, Attleborough Safer Neighbourhood, etc, with little success.”

Mr Black and Ms Williamson parked a car outside their home at 5am on Tuesday to encourage passing lorries to slow down so they could tell drivers of their concerns, and take digital photos as evidence to send to the police, who were invited to attend. But the survey sparked an incident at 6.13am on Tuesday when it is claimed a crane driver drove off when he saw the camera, pushing Mr Black 10ft along the road before he could get out of the way.

Ms Williamson said: “The driver failed to stop, but Ian managed to obtain two photographs and has reported the incident to the police. He is unhurt but very shaken up.”

A police spokesman said: “Supt Katie Elliot sent them a written response on July 22 to say that we will look into it, and were going to pass it on to the relevant inspector. A police constable from Attleborough also emailed on Saturday asking the couple to contact them to arrange a home visit, but has yet to receive a response.”


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