‘Kill your speed, not our cat’ plea after pet hit by car

Lucy Kibble and children Imogen (11) Oscar (9) and Esme (7) and Jessica Yerby (8) have launched a campaign after the Kibble's cat  was hit by a car

Lucy Kibble and children Imogen (11) Oscar (9) and Esme (7) and Jessica Yerby (8) have launched a campaign after the Kibble's cat was hit by a car

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A group of children have dedicated their school holidays to making drivers slow down, after their cat was killed by a car they say was speeding.

Socks, the black and white moggy, was struck by a car in front of his horrified owners the Kibble family in World’s End Lane in Weston Turville.

Socks, who was killed after being hit by a car

Socks, who was killed after being hit by a car

And understandably traumatised by the loss of their beloved pet, the Kibbles have launched a campaign, as they claim that cars go too fast in the area.

Imogen, 11, Oscar, 9, and Esme Kibble, 7, and their friend Jessica Yerby, 8, made a hard-hitting sign reading ‘Kill Your Speed Not Our Cat’.

And the group have vowed to spend time during their summer holidays, standing at the roadside to urge motorists to slow down.

Mum Lucy Kibble said: “We have one more cat Monty who we are desperate to keep out of harm’s way, so we are now trying to keep him in at rush hour time.

“We are also thinking of getting a petition together to help put pressure on the council to be proactive rather than reactive with this road.

“We don’t want another animal or child to get hurt before some traffic calming is implemented.”

The speed cars travel through Weston Turville is an issue that many residents feel strongly about.

Villagers currently run a community speedwatch group.

Members of the group visit roads throughout the village, keeping check on the speed at which cars pass through.

Information is then passed back to Bucks County Council’s Transport for Bucks team, which uses it to inform their work on preventing drivers committing breaches, and keeping communities safe.

But former UKIP councillor Phil Yerby, who lives in Aston Clinton and is involved with Speedwatch, says that drivers regularly flout the rules, and expressed his support for the Kibble’s campaign.

Mr Yerby, whose daughter took to the roadside with the Kibbles to urge drivers to slow down, said: “I did Speedwatch today and in just one hour there were 36 people exceeding the speed limit.

“That’s about 35% of all vehicles.”