Call for action after Philadelphia crashes

Nicola Christie is worried for her family's safety.

Nicola Christie is worried for her family's safety.

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FAMILIES are calling for emergency safety measures near their homes after four cars in three months slammed through their fences.

Brian Thompson and his partner Nicola Christie have been left fearing for their baby’s life after the latest incident

Brian, 34, said: “It’s getting worrying now because the car that came through the fences stopped literally about two metres away from our front room.

“We’ve got a baby that’s only 10 weeks old and we like to sit at the front window with her but we’re too scared to sit there now in case something happens. It’s got that bad.”

Mr Thompson, who lives with Nicola and their baby Sophia in Lumley Crescent, Philadelphia, said cars come hurtling down the bank, failing to slow down at the bend.

He said vehicles have skidded and smashed into fences and gardens.

Campaigners have now handed a petition into Sunderland City Council calling for measures to be put in place to slow vehicles down.

Coun James Blackburn, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for attractive and inclusive city, said: “The city council has already carried out a preliminary assessment of the existing traffic management measures in place on Philidelphia Lane, particularly in the vicinity of Lumley Crescent, following an earlier complaint from a resident.

“We can confirm that we received the petition from residents this week, and we will continue with our investigation into the causes and possible solutions to traffic accidents in the area.”

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