Crossing-safety call after boy (9) is hit-and-run victim

CROSSING CONCERN -- head teacher Andrew Beckinsale-Yates and pupil Nathan Hammond near the crossing where the youngster was hit by a car ' DISPIC NHUD12-1189-1

CROSSING CONCERN -- head teacher Andrew Beckinsale-Yates and pupil Nathan Hammond near the crossing where the youngster was hit by a car ' DISPIC NHUD12-1189-1

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RING OR THE HEAD teacher of a Hucknall school is pleading for safety improvements at a road crossing — after a young pupil was the victim of a hit-and-run. E-MAIL THE

Nine-year-old Nathan Hammond was hit at the pedestrian crossing on Nottingham Road, Hucknall when he was on his way to Broomhill Junior School.

The motorist slowed down temporarily but didn’t even get out of his car and drove away.

Thankfully for Nathan and his mum, Kerry Ward, he wasn’t injured.

But now Andrew Beckinsale-Yates, head at the school, is calling for action to protect the youngsters under his care.

“Nathan was shocked and shaken, but thankfully suffered no worse,” said Mr Beckinsale-Yates this week.

“It was a glancing blow, but it is what could have been that worries you.

“We have got to be thankful that it wasn’t more serious. This is why something has to be done.

“God forbid, it could have been a lot worse.”

Nathan managed to carry on to school after his ordeal, which happened on Monday April 16.

He was checked out by a teaching assistant trained in first aid and given the all-clear.

Mr Beckinsale-Yates says there are now children using the crossing all day to get to his school, the Butlers Hill school and the Butlers Hill and Broomhill children’s centre, all of which share a site.

He says that traffic is becoming increasingly heavy and the crossing “must be upgraded”.

There is currently no crossing patrol.

Former police officer John Hardy, who is vice-chairman of governors at Butlers Hill School, has taken up the fight.

He is contacting councillors to see if anything can be done.

He is hoping to enlist the support of Coun Mick Murphy (Con), a Hucknall member of Notts County Council and its lead member for community safety.

“Road safety is always a concern and our aim is to protect children, both inside and out of school,” added Mr Beckinsale-Yates.