Homeowner's warning after stolen car ploughs into house

Homeowner's warning after stolen car ploughs into house

The scene of the crash.

Colleen and Adam Chafe.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

IT will happen again and next time it could be far worse.

That was the warning from a homeowner counting the cost after a stolen car ploughed into his Bursledon home – the third such incident in a year.

Adam Chafe has accused highways bosses of ignoring his pleas for better safety measures on the road.

After waiting more than a year, he claims that not enough has been done to keep him and his family safe.

As previously reported, a stolen 4x4 smashed into the family home in School Road on Wednesday while Adam’s wife Colleen and her grandson were inside.

Fortunately no-one was hurt, but the driver ran off, sparking a police manhunt. The vehicle had been taken from the Europa Garage in Lowford.

But this is the third time that a car has come crashing through the front wall of the home – and each time the damage gets worse.

The first happened in January last year and then another stolen car crashed in May.

Mr Chafe, 50, who owns CEI Electrical in Hedge End, said that he first raised concerns about the road in late 2012, then corresponded with Hampshire County Council from January of last year.

He wants a warning sign ahead of the upcoming junction, before the brow of the hill rather than beyond it, and hazard lines on the road repainted.

He called for trees blocking signage to be cut back and worn-away kerbs restored.

According to Mr Chafe, county bosses agreed and he was told last August that a sub-contractor had been ordered to complete it.

However, despite numerous requests, nothing materialised until workmen arrived to rebuild the kerb the day before the latest incident.

Foliage, although cut back, still blocks the sign.

And Mr Chafe has been given no indication of when the other work will be done – though council bosses have vowed to carry out work once roads damaged by the recent flooding have been fixed.

He said he was “frustrated” by the council’s attitude, saying that the crash on Wednesday last week could have been far worse.

“It will happen again,” he said.

“It’s pure luck the car hit the pillar outside the house.

“They haven’t taken it seriously enough.

“I don’t think there’s enough protection afforded to that junction and I feel disappointed they haven’t addressed the problems.”

Hampshire County Council transport boss Sean Woodward said new road markings and signs would be placed in School Road at the junction with Church Lane but that areas damaged by flooding took priority.

He added: “Road improvement works are prioritised based on police reported injury accidents, and although there are no injury accidents in the five-year period up to December 2013 at the School Road/Church Lane junction, we were committed to carrying out this improvement work.”

A man in his 30s was arrested and questioned on suspicion of aggravated taking of a vehicle without consent, attempted theft of a bicycle, two counts of assault and two of shoplifting.

He was bailed pending further enquiries until April 24.

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12:22pm Mon 3 Mar 14

BenLovesCassie says...

How exactly does Mr Chafe think some better signs will stop a car thief who was clearly driving too fast from overcooking the bend and going through his wall.
3 times, two of which were stolen cars: Why is all the blame on the council and not the car thiefs?
A good way to get your name + local business in the paper, though.
How exactly does Mr Chafe think some better signs will stop a car thief who was clearly driving too fast from overcooking the bend and going through his wall. 3 times, two of which were stolen cars: Why is all the blame on the council and not the car thiefs? A good way to get your name + local business in the paper, though. BenLovesCassie
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3:25pm Mon 3 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

BenLovesCassie wrote:
How exactly does Mr Chafe think some better signs will stop a car thief who was clearly driving too fast from overcooking the bend and going through his wall.
3 times, two of which were stolen cars: Why is all the blame on the council and not the car thiefs?
A good way to get your name + local business in the paper, though.
He's obviously not that upset. He hasn't adopted the 'angry with folded arms' position.

His wife has adopted the pose.
[quote][p][bold]BenLovesCassie[/bold] wrote: How exactly does Mr Chafe think some better signs will stop a car thief who was clearly driving too fast from overcooking the bend and going through his wall. 3 times, two of which were stolen cars: Why is all the blame on the council and not the car thiefs? A good way to get your name + local business in the paper, though.[/p][/quote]He's obviously not that upset. He hasn't adopted the 'angry with folded arms' position. His wife has adopted the pose. From the sidelines
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