Officer on patrol ‘hit by impatient driver’ on Canvey

Officer on patrol ‘hit by impatient driver’

Officer on patrol ‘hit by impatient driver’

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A POLICEMAN was hit by a car as he tried to control Canvey residents during the floods, it has emerged.

PC James Edmunds was trying to marshal traffic in Foksville Road, near High Street, when he was struck by the car.

He was on the island to set up traffic restrictions and help people caught up in the flood chaos.

But an impatient driver decided not to wait and tried to drive around the officer.

Sgt Mark McQuade was one of a number of officers onCanvey during the floods. He said: “PC Edmunds was trying to divert people in different ways and no one was listening. One decided to go around him and clipped him.

“He got knocked on the leg. He is fine and didn’t have any serious injuries. But I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“Most people realised what was going on and helped each other, but there were a few who were only out for themselves.”

Sgt McQuade said it was an incident that blighted the rest of the island’s spirit in trying to help people during the floods.

He added: “We saw a lot of community spirit, especially off Link Road – with people joking and laughing while they helped each other, but we would go to areas with loads of tension and lots of bedlam.

“People were taking things in their own hands. Their only concern was for themselves and their families – no one else. They were either trying to get off the island or to their families.”

Some motorists were also seen driving through residents’ front gardens and travelling in the wrong direction on roads to escape the floods.

Barry Palmer, Canvey Island Independent Party councillor for Canvey South, managed to get home to his flooded house as water began seeping in.

He said: “You can’t excuse that sort of behaviour, but to some extent it is understandable.

“There were people in the same situation as I was and if they were not insured, theywould have been trying to get home as quickly as possible. There was a lot of panic.”

The driver was later reported for careless driving.

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8:32am Fri 25 Jul 14

SLord90 says...

I guess its classed as being 'hit' the title does make is sound alot more severe than what it actually is though... hope the officer is ok x
I guess its classed as being 'hit' the title does make is sound alot more severe than what it actually is though... hope the officer is ok x SLord90
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9:30am Fri 25 Jul 14

Maya Pinnion says...

Control residents? Don't you mean control traffic. All sorts of people were driving on the island on Sunday eg the Grays resident and BNP candidate who hates Canvey people so much but has set up a photography business here , who thought it was very funny to soak people by speeding past them
Control residents? Don't you mean control traffic. All sorts of people were driving on the island on Sunday eg the Grays resident and BNP candidate who hates Canvey people so much but has set up a photography business here , who thought it was very funny to soak people by speeding past them Maya Pinnion
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9:34am Fri 25 Jul 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Hope he recovers soon.

“He got knocked on the leg. He is fine and didn’t have any serious injuries. But I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Seriously, try walking or riding a bicycle around for a few days. Its a real eye-opener.
Hope he recovers soon. “He got knocked on the leg. He is fine and didn’t have any serious injuries. But I’ve never seen anything like it.” Seriously, try walking or riding a bicycle around for a few days. Its a real eye-opener. Keptquiettillnow
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10:22am Fri 25 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

you can't blame motorists for trying to avoid these floods, it's a nightmare stuck in them, usually for no reason, other than another pointless road closure..... this isn't 'careless driving' it's just trying to get home and avoid 'elf n safety' gone mad
you can't blame motorists for trying to avoid these floods, it's a nightmare stuck in them, usually for no reason, other than another pointless road closure..... this isn't 'careless driving' it's just trying to get home and avoid 'elf n safety' gone mad pembury53
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10:38am Fri 25 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

"PC Edmunds was trying to divert people in different ways and no one was listening"

Sounds like he was out his debt and could not control the situation nor crowd / traffic. Why send under trained or incompetent people to do a job they cant ?
"PC Edmunds was trying to divert people in different ways and no one was listening" Sounds like he was out his debt and could not control the situation nor crowd / traffic. Why send under trained or incompetent people to do a job they cant ? supermadmax
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10:46am Fri 25 Jul 14

John Right says...

Why people insist going out in their cars, during such times will always be a complete mystery to me.
Why people insist going out in their cars, during such times will always be a complete mystery to me. John Right
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11:11am Fri 25 Jul 14

John Right says...

supermadmax wrote:
"PC Edmunds was trying to divert people in different ways and no one was listening"

Sounds like he was out his debt and could not control the situation nor crowd / traffic. Why send under trained or incompetent people to do a job they cant ?
It's depth you utter ignoranus
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "PC Edmunds was trying to divert people in different ways and no one was listening" Sounds like he was out his debt and could not control the situation nor crowd / traffic. Why send under trained or incompetent people to do a job they cant ?[/p][/quote]It's depth you utter ignoranus John Right
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12:10pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ian P says...

John Right wrote:
Why people insist going out in their cars, during such times will always be a complete mystery to me.
Perhaps they were already out before the rain started and were just trying to get home.
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Why people insist going out in their cars, during such times will always be a complete mystery to me.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they were already out before the rain started and were just trying to get home. Ian P
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12:12pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Maya Pinnion says...

John Right wrote:
Why people insist going out in their cars, during such times will always be a complete mystery to me.
I know of someone who's employer insisted he went to work
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Why people insist going out in their cars, during such times will always be a complete mystery to me.[/p][/quote]I know of someone who's employer insisted he went to work Maya Pinnion
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