‘Let this tragedy be the last’

Flowers left at the scene of the accident
Flowers left at the scene of the accident

A COUNCILLOR is calling for increased traffic calming measures at a spot where a schoolboy lost his life when his moped hit a lamp-post.

Councillor Alan Cox, who represents Blackhall, Hesleden, Station Town and Hutton Henry on Durham County Council, wants to see road markings and a chicane in Front Street at Hutton Henry.

Councillor Alan Cox

Councillor Alan Cox

Hartlepool school boy Luke Casson, 16, from the village’s Ashbrook Court, lost his life on Saturday, May 21, after being thrown from his moped, not far from The Plough Inn on the road, which leads to the A19.

Coun Cox says he has been campaigning for eight or nine years to have some sort of traffic calming measures installed and claimed the road “has always been an accident waiting to happen”.

The councillor said: “A lot of people are concerned about traffic going through Hutton Henry.

“It’s too late to bring Luke back, but we want to stop this happening again.

“I have had numerous meetings with the council’s highways department over the years, but haven’t been able to convince them measures were needed.”

Coun Cox said he was due to meet with Dave Battersby, of Durham County Council’s highways department, at the spot in the hope that something could be done.

He added: “I’m not aware of any other major accidents on that particular road, but I’ve heard about some near-misses. It’s certainly an area for concern.”

Dave Wilcox, strategic highways manager at the county council, said: “We were very sad to learn of the recent accident and are currently involved in investigating the circumstances, alongside the police.

“In the past three years there have been no other accidents reported involving personal injury on this stretch of road.

“But until inquiries are complete it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Sergeant Phillip Grieve, of Durham Police’s road policing unit, on 0345 6060365.