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Second-time scare for village

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 12:14 03 July 2010

FOR George and Olive Nudd, the sound of a screech of tyres and crash became a terrifying case of déjà vu.

And, as they surveyed the wreckage caused by a suspected drink-driver to a neighbouring house in the Broads village of Repps with Bastwick, nightmare memories resurfaced for the elderly couple.

FOR George and Olive Nudd, the sound of a screech of tyres and crash became a terrifying case of déjà vu.

And, as they surveyed the wreckage caused by a suspected drink-driver to a neighbouring house in the Broads village of Repps with Bastwick, nightmare memories resurfaced for the elderly couple.

In June, they were left homeless after another car ploughed into their front room, causing extensive damage.

And the Nudds are now not the only family along the same stretch of the A149 between Yarmouth and North Walsham to face the prospect of large-scale repairs to their home after a vehicle smashed into it.

People who live in High Road are also counting their lucky stars that the latest accident did not lead to a serious injury or even death.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI car left the A149 at about 10.30am on Sunday and ended up in the front garden of Maureen and Ray Green.

It also narrowly avoided hitting a three-year-old boy playing in the front room of his grandparents' home nearby. Luckily for the Chapman family, the tiny tot was unscathed and their house was not as badly damaged as their neighbours' - the home of the Nudds - had been.

After the June accident, the Nudds had to leave their home of 42 years with only bare essentials because of the structural damage. They were put up in a caravan at the nearby White House park and had only recently moved back home.

The Nudds, married for 59 years, said they were now too scared to sit in their front room in case another vehicle crashed into it.

And they want something done about the road for safety's sake.

Mrs Nudd said: “I can't believe that another car has hit a home. It has totally shook us up. It feels like we are continually living in fear of it happening to us again. I won't go in my front room ever again. Are officials going to wait for someone to die before anything is done?”

After careering into the Chapmans' home the Golf hit and destroyed a wall and pillar, hurling a brick through a neighbour's kitchen window and just missing a man making a cup of tea.

After the crash, the car ended up on its roof and its male driver was arrested on suspicion of a

drinking-and-driving offence.

This week, Laura Chapman, 40, was still assessing the extensive damage to her front room.

She said: “My grandson was only few seconds from being seriously injured and it was a miracle no one else was.

“Something needs to be done about the road before someone gets killed.”

Two parked cars were also badly damaged by flying debris.

After the latest scare, a group of villagers is asking Norfolk County Council if safety measures can be installed on or by the road, including a cut in the present 40mph speed limit.

The council said that in the past 10 years there had been eight accidents in which people were hurt - which meant it was not listed as an accident cluster site. Even so, a spokesman said work to improve the nearby A149 junction with the B1152 Billockby to West Somerton road was being considered.


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