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Barrier plea after car driven into sea

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

Barrier plea after car driven into sea
The vehicle is towed across Great Western Beach.

A campaign has been launched for a barrier to be installed at the entrance to Great Western Beach after a car was driven into the sea last week.

Leaseholders Adam Griffiths and Lee Gamble would like to see a bollard or boom put in place to prevent a tragedy from occurring.

The call follows a man in a silver VW Golf careering down the hill at Great Western Beach and crashing into safety fencing before driving into the sea on Tuesday, May 9, at about 5.45pm.

The motorist only came to a halt after the car engine stopped. The police attended the scene and ordered the driver out of the car as the waves crashed over the bonnet. He was arrested on suspicion of drink/driving and taken to Newquay Police Station for questioning.

There have been several other incidents in recent months where motorists have become stuck in the sand at Great Western after driving onto the beach.

Newquay Central Cornwall councillor Geoff Brown and town councillor Andrew Pringle are looking at the issue. Adam and Lee were also due to attend a meeting with the council highways department on Tuesday.

Adam said: “I’m hoping the public and Newquay Town Council get behind the logical plan to have a removable bollard or boom in place to prevent vehicles – unless they are emergency vehicles – from accessing the beach.

“I am fearful that one day incidents like this are not going to turn out well and we will sadly have a tragedy on our hands.

“The motorist last week had driven onto the beach and into the sea at high tide. He stayed in his car, letting waves crash over the car bonnet.

“Luckily the tide was dropping out so we knew he was in no instant danger.

“So to avoid conflict we called the police and they arrived within five minutes and then proceeded to deal with the situation.

“He was by himself and the police opened the boot but he got out through the driver’s door.

“The police took the driver away to the police station and his car was left behind in the sea.

“Luckily Jamie Clogg from Towan Motors was passing and offered to tow the vehicle off the beach as we knew on the next high tide in the morning the car would have been wrecked and would have caused a hazard to beach users. The car was pretty much a write-off.”

A 38-year-old man from Newquay is due to appear at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on June 8 charged with driving a motor vehicle whilst over the prescribed limit of alcohol in relation to the incident.

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, who attended the scene, said: “He somehow managed to get across the dry sand and into the water but his engine stopped. I don’t think he was any deeper than his wheels and luckily it happened at high tide.”

Towan Motors towed the vehicle away via Towan Beach once the tide went out. Jamie said: “The car would have been stuck otherwise so I went down to help them.

“When the tide goes out there’s a hard bit of ground which we could drive across – you’d never drive across the dry sand.”

By Warren Wilkins 17th May 2017

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