Girl, 2, seriously hurt in crash outside Swaffham school

Mangate Street, Swaffham, the scene near the Sacred Heart School following an accident on Monday ANL-150403-204040009
Mangate Street, Swaffham, the scene near the Sacred Heart School following an accident on Monday ANL-150403-204040009

A two-year-old girl remains in hospital today after she was seriously injured in a crash outside a Swaffham school.

The incident has renewed safety concerns around the Sacred Heart School in Mangate Street and police have been urged to do more to tackle traffic issues in the town.

An investigation is continuing into the crash, which happened at around 3.40pm on Monday.

The incident involved a blue Ford Focus, which was heading towards Norwich Road, and a Chevrolet Lucetti, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The girl, who was travelling in the Ford, suffered serious head and internal injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. She remained in a critical but stable condition yesterday.

The driver of the Chevrolet, a man in his 40s, suffered minor chest injuries.

Sacred Heart headteacher Sister Francis Ridler said safety at the front of the school building had been a concern for many years and parents were reminded to drop children at the back of the site, opposite the town’s hospital.

She said: “It’s dangerous. Speeding is a problem.”

She said the school would be lobbying both police and council roads officials for additional safety measures.

Borough councillor Ian Sherwood said a recent online survey he carried out showed that issues relating to traffic and speeding were residents’ top priority.

He added: “I do feel that traffic issues in our town are not being given the priority they warrant by the police.”

But a Norfolk Police spokesman said area priorities, relating to anti-social behaviour and additional patrols following burglaries in the Beech Close area, were set at the town’s Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meetings, the next of which will be held at the town’s fire station on March 17.

She said: “We would encourage residents to attend so they can raise any issues they may have.”

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact PC William George, of the Swaffham Roads Policing unit, via the non-emergency 101 number.