August 21 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Three youngsters from Wymondham, all aged under 10, took their mother’s car and crashed into a lamp-post near their home.
Now police have warned parents to make sure their car keys are kept well away from youngsters.
The accident happened at around 6am yesterday, when police were called to reports of a car mounting a kerb on the corner of Hewitts Lane and Folly Road and hitting the post.
One of the chidlren got behind the wheel of the dark blue Honda Shuttle while the other two sat in the back.
The children, believed to be aged around eight, six and one, were uninjured, but the lamp-post was pushed out of the ground at a 45 degree angle and left without a light on top - damage which the Highways Agency repaired yesterday afternoon.
Neighbour Kerrie Hargrave said: “I heard a lot of noise but I had no idea what it was - I just closed the window so it wouldn’t wake up my daughter.”
Another neighbour was woken to the sound of children running on the road.
“I wasn’t sure what it was - then you could hear screaming and crying from the children. At first I thought a dog had been run over.
“The mum came down in a dressing down and she was telling them off,” she added.
It is believed that the children were aged four, six and 10.
Dee Christie, who lives next to the lamp-post, said that she heard “a loud bang” but had no idea what it was.
Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit took to Twitter to advise parents to make sure their keys weren’t easily accessed by youngsters.
In a statement, Norfolk Police said: “The car was being driven by three children under the age of 10 who had accessed their mother’s car keys.
“The children were not hurt and police are now investigating the circumstances around the incident.”
No-one from the family was available for comment.
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