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Quad bike danger alert

PUBLISHED: 17:57 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:36 23 August 2010

Dartford
20-03-08
Stanhope Rd, Seanscombe
Anne Freeman complaining about off road bikers causing damage
with her dog Twinkle

Dartford 20-03-08 Stanhope Rd, Seanscombe Anne Freeman complaining about off road bikers causing damage with her dog Twinkle

PEDESTRIANS are in danger of being run over by quad bikes on a pathway to Kent s newest rail station, according to a resident. Anne Freeman, 54, of Stanhope Road, Swanscombe, fears a serious accident is inevitable on a path linking her road to Ebbsflee

PEDESTRIANS are in danger of being run over by quad bikes on a pathway to Kent's newest rail station, according to a resident.

Anne Freeman, 54, of Stanhope Road, Swanscombe, fears a serious accident is "inevitable" on a path linking her road to Ebbsfleet International, due to the volume of bikers blazing down it.

Illegal scramblers access the route from both ends and have torn down fencing on land next to the station hailed as Kent's 2012 Olympics gateway due to its swift links to the heart of London.

Mrs Freeman said: "They shoot down this path so quickly and if you don't move they would go straight into you.

"It's incredibly dangerous for residents and I'm afraid it will only be a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt. Scramblers are out there every day. I rang the police and they could have caught them red-handed but they don't seem bothered."

The public path was closed on Wednesday, March 26, until further notice. No warning was given to residents, according to Mrs Freeman.

She is angered that a contact at Lafarge, joint landowners with Land Securities, told her fencing had been pulled down by dog walkers. She said: "What a ridiculous thing to say. They said they sent letters to residents warning them about the path closure. I've spoken to neighbours and there has been nothing of the sort."

She said most of the illegal scramblers do not wear helmets and leave beer cans and other mess strewn around.

She added: "There is wildlife and a lake down there but these people just rip the place to shreds with their tyres."

A spokesman for Land Securities said: "There have been incidents of illegal trespass on this land. We are working hard to repair damaged fencing and liaise closely with the Local Strategic Partnership, which includes authorities and the police to try to stop this disruptive behaviour.

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