Easton: Homeowner calls for safety measures on accident blackspot after car collides with “one of the longest crinkle crankle walls in Europe”

Ian Palfreyman and Myles McEvoy with what remains of their 200 year old Crickle Crangle wall in East

Ian Palfreyman and Myles McEvoy with what remains of their 200 year old Crickle Crangle wall in Easton that was destroyed by a hit and run driver - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk man has called for safety measures to be put in place on an accident blackspot after a car left the road and collided with an historic wall outside his home, leaving a 15 metre hole in the structure.

The listed crinkle crankle wall in The Street, Easton, near Wickham Market, is thought to be one of the longest still in existence in Europe.

It is believed when it was originally built more than 200 years ago it measured around three to four miles.

Homeowner Ian Palfreyman estimated around a mile of it is left, less the 15 metres which was destroyed by a driver who left the scene of the accident without stopping following the crash.

The incident happened at around 10.15pm on Friday night leaving Mr Palfreyman angry that the motorist drove off.


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Mr Palfreyman, chairman of Easton and Letheringham Village Hall management committee, said he was at home at the time of the collision.

He added: “We just saw two headlights shining into our lounge which can’t happen so we realised that it had gone through the wall but by the time we got out it had already gone away.

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“It has taken out a 15 metre hole in the wall, knocking rubble into our garden. The person has just driven off.”

Father-of-one Mr Palfreyman, 46, believes urgent action now needs to be taken to make the stretch of road safer following a series of incidents in recent years.

In September, a boy was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after a collision with a car on that part of the road.

Mr Palfreyman added: “We have lived here for seven years and this is the ninth accident on that one stretch of road. Police have been called to three or four different accidents.

“A lot of residents are getting really frustrated with it. They need to put up speed control signs and better signage.”

The cost of repairing the wall is expected to be about £20,000, but Mr Palfreyman hopes it will be covered by his insurance.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary confirmed police were aware of the incident, although no arrests have been made.

Officers are still attempting to trace the driver of the car.

If you have any information which could help telephone Suffolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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