Another incident in town centre crash blackspot

The crash caused damage to wooden gates and left shattered glass.
The crash caused damage to wooden gates and left shattered glass.

Fresh calls have been made for traffic-calming action at a Morpeth accident blackspot.

The area containing the top end of Newgate Street, Bullers Green and Pottery Bank Court has seen damage to properties and tractors overturning on a bend in the road in recent years.

And in the early hours of Monday morning, a car hit the gates by a house on the section of Newgate Street that is opposite Bullers Green.

According to one of the residents in the property, Martin Prosser, the vehicle was driven off after the incident.

He said: “My wife and I were awoken by a very loud bang at approximately 2.30am.

“We initially thought that something big had fallen down in one of our children’s rooms, but when we checked they were all sleeping contently.

“My wife then looked out of a bedroom window to see a car reversing across the road before screeching away towards town.

“Upon investigation, the driver had ploughed straight into two large, solid wooden gates that are reinforced with metal. There was shattered glass everywhere, smashed headlights, window wipers and general wreckage.

“We have lived in this house for about 18 months and after hearing from neighbours about the other incidents, I’m surprised the county council hasn’t put measures in place to help calm the traffic on this stretch of road.”

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “At 2.51am on Monday, officers received a report of a collision between a car and two gates in Newgate Street.

“Inquiries are on-going and any witnesses or anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101, reference 0772 16/11/15.”