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The Bellinghman
Date: 2011-05-31 11:50
Subject: Things you don't want to see
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Having popped out to go shopping at Tesco not long before it closed on Sunday, there was some curiosity from those in the carpark there as the local police helicopter flew over and hovered a few hundred metres to the south.

And on departing with my goods, I decided to take the route home that uses the road into the town centre, rather than the one that goes round the bypass (there's usually very little in it as far as travel times are concerned).

Coming over the railway bridge by the station, I was suddenly faced by what appeared to be a sea of flashing blue lights. Six police cars, the road closed, and definitely not a good scene.

According to the news, a man in his 60s, driving a red Mazda, had struck two small children, killing one of them.

I strongly suspect that someone at the White Bear pub will have seen something - it was a nice day, and that pub has tables out the front by the road.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2011-05-31 15:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I saw the helicopter as I was pottering about in the garden, and one of the neighbours told me a drunken maniac had speeded, doing 70mph across the mini roundabouts by White Bear, and run over a mother and daighter, with the daughter dying at once, the mother breaking both legs and then dying two hours later.

When I went to see if there was anything on the news a bit later on I couldn't find any reports. There seems to have been some extrapolation of the story as it travelled by word of mouth to me.

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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-05-31 15:17 (UTC)
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There does indeed.

Early reports gave the driver's age as 'in his 60s', with the Daily Fail saying the driver was a 'pensioner'. Current reports indicate he is aged 57 - somewhat younger.

The flower shrine is on the corner of Green Drift, a reasonable distance up from the White Bear's roundabouts, so I'd be inclined to discount their effect.

The mother and other daughter are reported as doing well, so reports of the mother's death seem exaggerated.

Quite how fast the driver was going is not known, and whether he was drunk is also not reported yet, though I suspect that this will come out in court.

So the rumours bear some relation to reality, but are not 100% accurate by the sound of it.
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