Essex Police defend decision to not attend hit and run that left Harlow woman injured and children shaken

News / Mon 31st Dec 2018 at 01:01pm

ESSEX Police has defended their decision not to attend an incident where a car hit another car with two small children in the back, injured the driver and then drove away.

On Sunday evening (December 23rd), Harlow resident, Teresa Moss was driving out of Epping on her way back home.

Ms Moss said: “I was only driving at 20mph as traffic was terrible. As I reached the point with Stonards Hill on the right and Lindsey Street on the left, I saw a flash of a car coming out of Stonards Hill, straight across in front of a black cab driving towards the town.

“The car hit me side on and because he couldn’t escape either forward or sideways, he reversed at speed back into the space he came out of and then hit me again to push me out of the way, he then mounted the grass verge and then went off down Lindsey Street

“I could hear my two little girl passengers (5 and 6 years old) crying and screaming behind me and my passenger screaming. My door was pushed in but I somehow squeezed out and as I got out, the door fell off.

“Local residents came out to help. One rang the police but was told that the incident wasn’t ‘serious enough’ and that I would have to get on with it.

‘The ambulance service attended and gave me medical attention. I was taken to Princess Alexandra. Everyone else was shaken but ok.

“The next day I recorded this incident online as I was told to do. I contacted Quality response on the 101 number as was told that IF the police did investigate this it wouldn’t be for at least 10 days because of ‘resource’ issues. She said that ‘ in the past’ they would of attended. But not now.

I was so disappointed with the response to Essex Police. The witness provided information about the car (A black Nissan Nevara) with partial plate number.

YH contacted Essex Police. An Essex Police spokesperson said: “We were contacted at 4.45pm on Sunday December 23 following reports of a two-vehicle collision on Lindsey Street, Epping.

A Ford, which had young children inside, was in collision with a vehicle described as a dark-coloured 4×4 which subsequently fled the scene without stopping.

Whilst all of the passengers in the Ford were understandably shaken, they suffered minor injuries and were treated by paramedics and their vehicle was subsequently recovered.

At the time of the incident we were unable to attend due to three other serious incidents ongoing in the area. These included a serious collision in Harlow, in which a motorcyclist suffered multiple fractures, and two disturbances – one involving a vulnerable individual and the other involving a person being assaulted.

We understand the collision in Epping was extremely distressing and frightening for all involved, particularly the young passengers. We have launched an investigation into the collision and our enquiries are ongoing.

Each day our officers deal with hundreds of incidents, ranging from searching for missing people to serious and violent crimes. We do our best to attend each incident but we must prioritise those involving the greatest threat, harm and risk.

“Anyone with information about the collision on Lindsey Street can contact us on 101.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed that they attended at the scene. They said: “We were called at 4.50pm on December 23 with reports of a collision in Lindsey Street, Epping.

“We sent two ambulances to the scene and took one patient to Princess Alexandra Hospital for further treatment.

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1 Comment for Essex Police defend decision to not attend hit and run that left Harlow woman injured and children shaken:

m ingall
2019-01-01 10:09:35

Worth remembering when you read this that David Cameron promised " no cuts to front line policing" in 2010. Then his Home Secretary, Theresa May, spent the next few years cutting front line police officer numbers by 24,000.

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