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Thorpe St Andrew headteacher pleads for safer driving near her school

PUBLISHED: 15:29 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 24 January 2013

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The headteacher of a Thorpe St Andrew School has renewed her calls for parents to drive safely in the school vacinity.

Anita Gutteridge, headteacher at Hillside Avenue Primary and Nursery School, has been concerned by several recent “near misses” and has asked for the school to be prioritised for local police traffic patrols.

She cites recent examples of dangerous driving near the school, including “at least” two incidents of cars driving up onto pavements and endangering both children and parents.

Cars travelling at excess speed and cars being parked without respect for neighbouring properties were the other issues, with drivers restricting access and even addressing residents “disrespectfully when challenged”.

Writing for the school’s January newsletter, Ms Gutteridge said: “I would urge you all yet again to take the utmost care around school whether travelling by car, bike or on foot.

“The situation of our school will always provide us with a challenge due to the volume of traffic, making it even more important for us all to work together for everyone’s safety and well being.”

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