Who killed the Lyminge, Kent, duck? The Speed Watch crew investigate
WHO killed the duck in rural Kent? When some motorists stopped to let a duck cross the road, a driver overtook and took out the bird. The killing was observed, apparently, by members of Speed Watch who tracks passing cars with speed recording devices and then pass on the speeding vehicles’ details to the police on the beat in Lyminge, Etchinghill and Rhodes Minnis.
Colin Manvell is the Lyminge Parish Council vice-chairman and Speed Watch coordinator. He tells media:
“Through places like Etchinghill, the roads are so narrow in places that if a car was going too fast and came across a bus it just wouldn’t stand a chance. We’ve got a lot of animals who live nearby and horse riders often come down this way too. A poor duck was killed recently when an impatient driver pulled out.”
Overlooking the odds on seeing a bus on a country lane (1.37m to one), it’s hard to look beyond the Speed Watch team’s jackets: bright yellow. And the hats: brimmed. If the crew start wearing flippers or bright orange crocs, that duck could might just be the taste of carnage to come…