Petition calling for King’s Lynn road closure during Mart after Lowestoft boy’s death nears 5,000 signatures

A petition calling for the street where a three-year-old boy was hit by a car to be closed while the King's Lynn Mart is in progress is nearing 5,000 signatures.

Little Rio Bell died after he received serious head injuries when he was involved in a collision with a blue Audi A4 in King Street on February 15.

A post-mortem examination into the Lowestoft youngster's death found he died from multiple injuries after being hit by a car.

Rio's family issued a statement last week saying he was full of life, smiles and laughter and loved playing Mario Kart and playing on his motorbike.

So far, more than 4,600 people have signed the petition calling for the closure of the roads surrounding The Mart to all traffic.

If the petition soars over the 5,000 milestone, it is likely to trigger a debate at a future full council meeting of West Norfolk council.

Protesters also linked arms and blocked King Street on February 18. Police allowed protesters to make their point, stopping cars before they reached the blockade to avoid a confrontation.

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Officials have already said they will wait until the police investigation is concluded before deciding what lessons can be learned from the tragedy.

The Mart will end on King's Lynn's Tuesday Market Place on Tuesday.

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