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Speed concerns raised in wake of killer smash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 26, 2014

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CONCERNS have been raised about boy racers speeding along a ‘nightmare’ stretch of road close to where a young driver was killed in a horror crash.

One Burton Road resident claimed some drivers hit speeds of 65mph, while another said there should be more police patrols.

The calls came after 20-year-old Alastair Kemp was killed when the yellow Honda Civic he was driving crashed in Burton Road, Woodville, near Granville Sports College.

The accident happened just yards from Sarah Coope’s home along the busy main road.

The 29-year-old said she often heard the sound of speeding traffic, especially in the evening.

She said: “We have not been living here that long but at night I can hear the boy racers going by quite a lot if I’m awake.”

Speed cameras litter the A511, which Burton Road is a part of, with at least four devices spaced along a two-mile 30mph stretch.

But Mrs Coope said questions needed to be asked about whether they actually worked.

Mrs Coope said: “I don’t know if the speed cameras work at all.

“I don’t think they do because I have seen vehicles go through them at more than 30mph but they didn’t flash.

“I think they should definitely be working, there could also be more patrols.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said he had counted between 600 and 700 vehicles pass during the evening rush hour.

He said: “Speed is a problem on this road.

“It’s not as bad in the day but in the early evening you get some lads who have lowered their suspension, they come through the speed cameras and then down goes their toe.

“They will come round the bend like mad, I think they are doing between 60-65mph as they come past.

“It’s a nightmare trying to get in and out of the driveway at certain times of the day.

“I don’t know what the answer is, perhaps another speed camera.”

Flowers and cards with written tributes to Alastair have been tied to a lamp post where the accident on Saturday night happened.

One read: “To Ali, I will miss you always.

“You were a great person and an amazing friend.

“You will always be in my heart and I will never forget you. Good night and God bless.

“Love you, Lydia xx.”

Alastair, a former student at Granville Sports College, went on to study engineering at Burton and South Derbyshire College.

He was then taken on as a member of Toyota’s maintenance apprenticeship scheme at its plant near Burnaston.

A spokesman from the firm told the Mail: “He was well liked, popular and a respected worker.

“ Our deepest sympathies extend to Alistair’s family.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the accident to call their investigation team on 101.

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