Fury at parked car crash street

Neighbours on Southend, Thorne, are complaining about careless drivers, after having constant damage to their vehicles. L-R are Lee Swales, and neighbour Annette O'Neill.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1732LM
Neighbours on Southend, Thorne, are complaining about careless drivers, after having constant damage to their vehicles. L-R are Lee Swales, and neighbour Annette O'Neill. Picture: Liz Mockler D1732LM

A DAD-OF-THREE has seen his car insurance rocket by nearly £500 because of the number of crashes in his street.

Lee Swales, who has had to fork out thousands of pounds in repairs and has had two cars written off, has now banned his children from playing outside because of the number of vehicles bashing into parked cars.

The 33-year-old believes the increase in crashes is because of motorists using South End in Thorne as a rat run after being diverted down the street by sat navs.

Mr Swales, who pays £1,400 a year to insure his Jaguar, says he is often woken by the sound of cars crashing into vehicles on the street and driving off.

He claims they are caused by drivers trying to squeeze by the parked cars then realising there is not enough space.

He said: “Drivers just seem to think they can squeeze past each other when it is obvious they can’t.

“So they just hit our cars.

“One even mounted the kerb - it was a good job people weren’t walking on the path because they could have been killed.”

Mr Swales, whose children are two, seven and ten, has been in touch with Doncaster Council to try and get traffic calming measures introduced on the thin stretch of road.

However, he was told there would need to be a more serious crash for the area to be eligible.

Neighbour Annette O’Neill also had a 4X4 she had owned for less than a week written off when a car smashed into it and pushed it into another parked vehicle.

She has also seen cars swerve into a hedge on the opposite side of the road to avoid a head on collision with another car.

She said: “We have been told they need to have two people killed before anyone will look at it.

“Whose two children will be killed - it’s something I don’t even want to think about.”

Fed up residents are now calling on Doncaster Council to reduce the 30mph limit to 20mph and install speed humps.

There have also been three accidents recently where cars have been hit trying to pull out of a new estate on adjoining Victoria Close, and bin lorries have become stuck turning into the new estate, which has also caused problems for motorists.

Doncaster Council was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Free Press.