Plea for drivers to stick to speed limit after cat is killed

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A family whose pet cat was killed in Alpheton say more fatalities will occur unless motorists slow down.

The body of Janie Richter’s cat Oskar was found on the road outside her home in Bury Road by her 15-year-old son, after being hit by a car.

The incident took place just two weeks after the family had moved into their new home.

“We were getting ready one morning when we heard a screech of tyres,” said Mrs Richter, who lives with her husband John, daughter Charlotte, 17, and son Jonathan.

“A woman was moving Oskar because the car that had hit him had driven off. As she was trying to give him some dignity, another car came round the corner and nearly killed her.”

The family, who have four other cats, have placed a sign outside the house in memory of Oskar asking drivers to stick to the 30mph speed limit.

“We are all very upset,” said Mrs Richter. “Oskar was a friendly tabby, he was only two-years-old and it was not a pleasant experience.

“The speeding seems to be an on-going issue and cars really scream up the road. My big concern is for the children in the village.”

The stretch of road has been plagued by speeding problems for a number of years, and Mrs Richter said introducing electronic signs, informing drivers of their speed, could help.

“We just want people to be aware,” she said.

“Drivers need to realise that people live in the houses by the road and they are not just there for show. I have an 18-month-old granddaughter who comes to visit and we have four other cats.”