Parked cars ‘totalled’ after Dereham crash

The silver Vauxhall Astra which collided with the parked cars. Photo: Greg Cockerill

The silver Vauxhall Astra which collided with the parked cars. Photo: Greg Cockerill - Credit: Archant

Four cars have been damaged in a crash in Dereham after a silver Vauxhall Astra collided with three parked cars on Baxter Row.

The black Volkswagon Golf. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes

The black Volkswagon Golf. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

Police were called to the incident at 7am, which involved a black Volkswagon Golf, a silver Volkswagon Polo, and a silver Renault Megane.

The road between The Royal Standard pub and Moorgate remained closed until around 10.30am.

A man in his forties was arrested at the scene on suspicion of being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

It is not believed anyone was injured.

The accident took place on Baxter Row, Dereham, before 7am on Thursday, September 28. Photo: Jessica

The accident took place on Baxter Row, Dereham, before 7am on Thursday, September 28. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant


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Greg Cockerill, who has lived on Baxter Row for seven years, said: 'Luckily no one was harmed but four cars have been totalled and had this been a few hours later as the school kids were walking it could have been a very different story.'

Mr Cockerill added: 'I was awake already with our 12-week old baby.

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'It happened 10 feet out of the front of our house, I saw the silver car.

'I woke my partner up and we went to see if anyone was hurt.

One of the damaged cars, which was parked at the time of the crash, being taken away. Photo: Jessica

One of the damaged cars, which was parked at the time of the crash, being taken away. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

'The cars were smashed up and completely crumpled.

'The man himself seemed to be fine. He sat down on a wall and another neighbour called the police.

'I didn't see them arrive but I know they have arrested him.'

Mr Cockerill also said: 'Only three weeks ago my cat was killed out at the front. This is something I'm extremely passionate and annoyed about.'

The landlord of the Royal Standard pub is worried about drinkers leaving the premises and being hit

The Royal Standard pub on Baxter Row - Credit: Archant

He added; 'I've been living on this street for seven years and it [the speeding] has progressively got worse and worse.

'It finally happened and we all knew it would.

'Only one and a half hours later, hundreds of kids would have been walking to school.'

Another man who witnessed the crash, but didn't want to be named, said that the driver's face was 'absolutely ashen', and added 'he looked like a skeleton'.

The black Volkswagon Golf. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes

The black Volkswagon Golf. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

'He came swerving down the street. I heard a bang and his car was in the middle of the road.'

He described the situation on Baxter Row as 'an accident waiting to happen'.

Darryl Culmer, landlord of the Royal Standard pub, said he was worried about drinkers leaving the premises and colliding with cyclists on the narrow footpath.

He added that crash could have been 'devastating' if children were in the street, and said: 'Cars and motorbikes come round here at the most ridiculous speeds.'

Another damaged car parked on Baxter Row. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes

Another damaged car parked on Baxter Row. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

Other residents have also spoken of their concerns about speeding cars.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: 'I live on the street, and these days I think something is going to come through my living room window.'

Paul Green, who runs a DIY shop in Dereham, called the crash 'terrible', and said: 'They use it as a racetrack.'

Sarah Brockett, from Toftwood, called the speeding problem 'horrendous', and added: 'I've got a four year old daughter and they are always zooming down here. When I'm in the car with my partner we have to pull over quite often to get out of their way.'

Police were called to the scene at 7am, where they arrested a man in his forties. Photo: Jessica Fra

Police were called to the scene at 7am, where they arrested a man in his forties. Photo: Jessica Frank-Keyes - Credit: Archant

Tom Hughes, whose car was damaged in the crash, said: 'Luckily there were no casualties.

'But the inconvenience is difficult. I'm a learning support assistant and my wife is a teacher. I've not been able to go in, and she was late for work.'

He added that 'parking is always an issue here'.

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