Teacher’s car is left dented

Sandra Dorrington believes her car was dented in the middle of the night- when the streetlights were turned off

Sandra Dorrington believes her car was dented in the middle of the night- when the streetlights were turned off

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A TEACHER has been left frustrated after a person drove into her car and then sped off.

Sandra Dorrington, 48, of Maurice Road, Canvey, woke up last Tuesday morning to find the right side of her car had been dented by a careless driver.

She will now have to spend hundreds of pounds to fix the damage.

Mrs Dorrington, who teaches at Canvey Island Infant School, in Long Road, said: “I just came out of my house on Tuesday morning, went to get into my car and on the driver’s side it has all been dented and scraped.”

Mrs Dorrington believes the incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

She said: “It must have happened in the night.

Someone must have driven into it and then taken off.

“It is just an inconvenience now, we are honest people and now we need to pay up the money for something someone else has done.”

The teacher insists the problem has been made worse by the street light switch-off.

She said: “The problem is it probably happened in pitch black, after the lights turned off, so no-one can really see what happened.

“It is so dark that you would barely be able to see something if you walked past it.”

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2:46pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jxr says...

I've been in this position myself, and it's galling having to pay out yourself when you have done nothing wrong - Mrs Dorrington has my sympathy. Quite why the Echo feels the need to tell us 4 times that she is a teacher, however, is beyond me!
I've been in this position myself, and it's galling having to pay out yourself when you have done nothing wrong - Mrs Dorrington has my sympathy. Quite why the Echo feels the need to tell us 4 times that she is a teacher, however, is beyond me! jxr
  • Score: 31

3:01pm Tue 22 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB
maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB pembury53
  • Score: -23

3:01pm Tue 22 Jul 14

You'llThankme for telling us all that says...

One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope.
One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope. You'llThankme for telling us all that
  • Score: -24

3:09pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jxr says...

pembury53 wrote:
maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB
And what about her excess?
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB[/p][/quote]And what about her excess? jxr
  • Score: 19

3:10pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jxr says...

You'llThankme for telling us all that wrote:
One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope.
And if she doesn't have a driveway or garage?
[quote][p][bold]You'llThankme for telling us all that[/bold] wrote: One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope.[/p][/quote]And if she doesn't have a driveway or garage? jxr
  • Score: 21

3:14pm Tue 22 Jul 14

MarcelloM says...

Wow. What a compelling article.
Wow. What a compelling article. MarcelloM
  • Score: -1

3:17pm Tue 22 Jul 14

You'llThankme for telling us all that says...

jxr wrote:
You'llThankme for telling us all that wrote:
One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope.
And if she doesn't have a driveway or garage?
Get a push bike, you park out on the road, ROAD, get it ?
[quote][p][bold]jxr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You'llThankme for telling us all that[/bold] wrote: One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope.[/p][/quote]And if she doesn't have a driveway or garage?[/p][/quote]Get a push bike, you park out on the road, ROAD, get it ? You'llThankme for telling us all that
  • Score: -25

3:23pm Tue 22 Jul 14

You'llThankme for telling us all that says...

pembury53 wrote:
maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB
Maybe the owner had been drinking, after all easier to explain, end of term party ?
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB[/p][/quote]Maybe the owner had been drinking, after all easier to explain, end of term party ? You'llThankme for telling us all that
  • Score: -25

3:33pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Nebs says...

I wonder what she does for a living.
I wonder what she does for a living. Nebs
  • Score: 18

3:58pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

I wonder how far from the kerb she was parked ??? Run to the press, end up in one heck of a mess.
I wonder how far from the kerb she was parked ??? Run to the press, end up in one heck of a mess. sesibollox
  • Score: -22

4:02pm Tue 22 Jul 14

runwellian says...

Kim Grandy wrote:
One of the many potholes of living without street lights
Don't blame the lack of street lighting for everything, do you think this person would have stopped if it had been broad daylight ... somehow I don't thinks so!
[quote][p][bold]Kim Grandy[/bold] wrote: One of the many potholes of living without street lights[/p][/quote]Don't blame the lack of street lighting for everything, do you think this person would have stopped if it had been broad daylight ... somehow I don't thinks so! runwellian
  • Score: -6

4:13pm Tue 22 Jul 14

runwellian says...

I am still wondering what being a teacher has to do with having your car scratched?
I am still wondering what being a teacher has to do with having your car scratched? runwellian
  • Score: 14

4:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Gay Ray says...

runwellian wrote:
I am still wondering what being a teacher has to do with having your car scratched?
Pay peanuts and you don't get journalists. At least that's what my teacher used to say.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: I am still wondering what being a teacher has to do with having your car scratched?[/p][/quote]Pay peanuts and you don't get journalists. At least that's what my teacher used to say. Gay Ray
  • Score: 7

4:35pm Tue 22 Jul 14

counosboy2 says...

Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?
Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order? counosboy2
  • Score: -7

4:36pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Steve H says...

Kim Grandy wrote:
One of the many potholes of living without street lights
Last time I drove at night I put my lights on. They help massively with being able to see where I am going, they even have a brighter setting that I can use if it is particularly dark.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Grandy[/bold] wrote: One of the many potholes of living without street lights[/p][/quote]Last time I drove at night I put my lights on. They help massively with being able to see where I am going, they even have a brighter setting that I can use if it is particularly dark. Steve H
  • Score: -2

5:22pm Tue 22 Jul 14

the25man says...

Lights or no street lights no doubt the car would still have been hit.
Teacher or Street cleaner the car would still have been hit.
Insured or not it still costs money hopefully the other driver as well
Lights or no street lights no doubt the car would still have been hit. Teacher or Street cleaner the car would still have been hit. Insured or not it still costs money hopefully the other driver as well the25man
  • Score: 6

7:08pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bosniavet says...

counosboy2 wrote:
Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?
6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc
[quote][p][bold]counosboy2[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?[/p][/quote]6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc Bosniavet
  • Score: 4

7:15pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Basildon30 says...

Moaners be moaning. I see that a lot from Kim Gandy. I rarely comment on stories but when Kim gets going there is no stopping her is there? I for one am glad the street lights have gone off!
Moaners be moaning. I see that a lot from Kim Gandy. I rarely comment on stories but when Kim gets going there is no stopping her is there? I for one am glad the street lights have gone off! Basildon30
  • Score: -14

7:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

Kim Grandy wrote:
You'llThankme for telling us all that wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB
Maybe the owner had been drinking, after all easier to explain, end of term party ?
Yes especially as she was the only car to be damaged in the entire street, ermmm
the weight of evidence appears to be stacking up....
[quote][p][bold]Kim Grandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You'llThankme for telling us all that[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: maybe the driver had been drinking ? you could hardly expect them to stop and end up getting a massive fine and banned over a few scratches....... just claim it on insurance, only an idiot these days doesn't have protected NCB[/p][/quote]Maybe the owner had been drinking, after all easier to explain, end of term party ?[/p][/quote]Yes especially as she was the only car to be damaged in the entire street, ermmm[/p][/quote]the weight of evidence appears to be stacking up.... pembury53
  • Score: -12

9:54pm Tue 22 Jul 14

jxr says...

You'llThankme for telling us all that wrote:
jxr wrote:
You'llThankme for telling us all that wrote:
One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope.
And if she doesn't have a driveway or garage?
Get a push bike, you park out on the road, ROAD, get it ?
Erm, yes. Thanks. I think.
[quote][p][bold]You'llThankme for telling us all that[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jxr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You'llThankme for telling us all that[/bold] wrote: One of the pitfalls of leaving your car out on the open road, a valuable lesson learnt I hope.[/p][/quote]And if she doesn't have a driveway or garage?[/p][/quote]Get a push bike, you park out on the road, ROAD, get it ?[/p][/quote]Erm, yes. Thanks. I think. jxr
  • Score: -1

10:53pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Letmetryagain says...

Still, being a teacher, she'll be able to afford the repairs.
Still, being a teacher, she'll be able to afford the repairs. Letmetryagain
  • Score: -11

10:22am Wed 23 Jul 14

Feminism is Dead says...

How do we know the car actually "sped off" if no-one saw who did it?
How do we know the car actually "sped off" if no-one saw who did it? Feminism is Dead
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Wed 23 Jul 14

yaymar says...

Bosniavet wrote:
counosboy2 wrote:
Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?
6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc
To make it clear, support workers in schools like teaching assistants, only get paid for 45 weeks out of the whole year!! So the pay for 45 weeks each year is spread out over 12 months, meaning that out of the 13 weeks holidays that people like to complain about, we only actually get 6 weeks holiday which is about average for most other workers in a job. The other 7 weeks is unpaid!
[quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]counosboy2[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?[/p][/quote]6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc[/p][/quote]To make it clear, support workers in schools like teaching assistants, only get paid for 45 weeks out of the whole year!! So the pay for 45 weeks each year is spread out over 12 months, meaning that out of the 13 weeks holidays that people like to complain about, we only actually get 6 weeks holiday which is about average for most other workers in a job. The other 7 weeks is unpaid! yaymar
  • Score: -2

5:23pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Caber1984 says...

Not very good obviously to have your car damaged, but I wonder of what relevance being a teacher is? Why mention it so many times? Surely it's a horrid thing to happen to anyone?
Not very good obviously to have your car damaged, but I wonder of what relevance being a teacher is? Why mention it so many times? Surely it's a horrid thing to happen to anyone? Caber1984
  • Score: 4

5:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

yaymar wrote:
Bosniavet wrote:
counosboy2 wrote:
Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?
6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc
To make it clear, support workers in schools like teaching assistants, only get paid for 45 weeks out of the whole year!! So the pay for 45 weeks each year is spread out over 12 months, meaning that out of the 13 weeks holidays that people like to complain about, we only actually get 6 weeks holiday which is about average for most other workers in a job. The other 7 weeks is unpaid!
We are not talking about support workers, or teaching assistants, we are talking about qualified Teachers, please dont attempt to hike a ride on the professional wagon
[quote][p][bold]yaymar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]counosboy2[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?[/p][/quote]6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc[/p][/quote]To make it clear, support workers in schools like teaching assistants, only get paid for 45 weeks out of the whole year!! So the pay for 45 weeks each year is spread out over 12 months, meaning that out of the 13 weeks holidays that people like to complain about, we only actually get 6 weeks holiday which is about average for most other workers in a job. The other 7 weeks is unpaid![/p][/quote]We are not talking about support workers, or teaching assistants, we are talking about qualified Teachers, please dont attempt to hike a ride on the professional wagon sesibollox
  • Score: 5

11:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

yaymar says...

sesibollox wrote:
yaymar wrote:
Bosniavet wrote:
counosboy2 wrote:
Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?
6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc
To make it clear, support workers in schools like teaching assistants, only get paid for 45 weeks out of the whole year!! So the pay for 45 weeks each year is spread out over 12 months, meaning that out of the 13 weeks holidays that people like to complain about, we only actually get 6 weeks holiday which is about average for most other workers in a job. The other 7 weeks is unpaid!
We are not talking about support workers, or teaching assistants, we are talking about qualified Teachers, please dont attempt to hike a ride on the professional wagon
I wasn't!! I was referring to the comment about only being paid for 10 months of the year. Without the support workers, teachers would have a harder job than they already do! By the way, nowadays, support workers have to be qualified to work in schools, so courses and exams are compulsory. Long gone are the days of "mummy helpers" with no qualifications!!
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yaymar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bosniavet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]counosboy2[/bold] wrote: Perhaps they wanted to make clear she's teacher to discourage us from commenting? After all, we all know the plague of locusts that descends on anyone who dares to upset a teacher! And on the bright side, she has the next 6 weeks off so maybe a crash course in DIY auto bodywork repairs is in order?[/p][/quote]6 weeks off? Surely not - haven't you read or heard the words of NUT/NASUWT/AMMA etc, telling us that teachers are lucky to get 4 weeks off a year as they are all doing work during the "holidays". You'll next bring up the fact that although paid 12 times a year they were traditionally only paid for (I believe) 10 months of work due to the generous holidays..... Oh, & the same unions maintain that any teacher not undertaking work for their job in the holidays is busy doing any kind of casual work they can get as they are all so poorly paid. I think this poor woman will be really struggling to be able to afford the repairs/increased premiums etc[/p][/quote]To make it clear, support workers in schools like teaching assistants, only get paid for 45 weeks out of the whole year!! So the pay for 45 weeks each year is spread out over 12 months, meaning that out of the 13 weeks holidays that people like to complain about, we only actually get 6 weeks holiday which is about average for most other workers in a job. The other 7 weeks is unpaid![/p][/quote]We are not talking about support workers, or teaching assistants, we are talking about qualified Teachers, please dont attempt to hike a ride on the professional wagon[/p][/quote]I wasn't!! I was referring to the comment about only being paid for 10 months of the year. Without the support workers, teachers would have a harder job than they already do! By the way, nowadays, support workers have to be qualified to work in schools, so courses and exams are compulsory. Long gone are the days of "mummy helpers" with no qualifications!! yaymar
  • Score: -3

9:38pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Calm Down, Calm Down says...

how sad a story has become polical
how sad a story has become polical Calm Down, Calm Down
  • Score: 0

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