Police officers tried to save life of popular Corsham bowler

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Police officers have told how they tried to save the life of bowler Tommy Ford, who was killed after being in collision with a lorry in Corsham on Monday evening.

Mr Ford, 89, of Cresswells, Corsham, died after the accident at just after 5pm in Valley Road.

PCSOs Shaun Redmond and James Gatherum battled to save him by giving him CPR.

PCSO Redmond said: “We were just on our routine patrols in the area when we got the call from control. We quickly attended the scene, administered CPR for around 15 minutes with medical staff. We got Mr Ford on to the stretcher but unfortunately they couldn’t do anything for him.

“We did the best we could but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and our sympathies go out to Mr Ford’s family.

Mr Ford had a distinguished naval carer, winning medals for his service in the Atlantic and Pacific during the Second World War, and again in the Falklands war.

He was involved with the Royal British Legion, and was a keen member of Corsham Bowls Club. He leaves a wife Bridget and a daughter Lynn, who lives in Gloucestershire with her husband Rod.

Police closed the road when they arrived at the scene and it reopened again at around 10pm.

People living near Valley Road have raised concerns over the speed vehicles travel down the road, which has a 30mph limit.

Sonia Lavington, of Creswells, said: “We have a problem with speed on that road, I have had two cats run over there. The lorries definitely do over 30.”

“Eileen Carr, also of Creswells, said: “They used to have police manning the speed up there, I think it needs some kind of traffic calming. It’s a 30 mph speed limit, but a lot of people speed. There used to be a high police presence.

“I have nearly been got run over before I had my cataracts in. I just was crossing and my husband got hold of me, otherwise I would have been a goner.
“That is a bad road, they do go down there too fast. I think they should put a little camera up there

“Sometimes you see a copper with a speed gun up there, but they spot them and slow down.” They should get a speed camera down there, that would make a difference.”

Chris Hunt, of Creswells, said: “They go really fast down here.”
Wiltshire Police are investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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12:41pm Wed 28 Nov 12

trucker1013 says...

Report speeding lorries to dave.roberts@wiltshi
re.gov.uk, we live at the other end of valley road and are
just as fed up with the traffic as you are.
Report speeding lorries to dave.roberts@wiltshi re.gov.uk, we live at the other end of valley road and are just as fed up with the traffic as you are. trucker1013
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4:48pm Wed 28 Nov 12

redrum says...

Well done to the officers for trying. We are not always successful in these circumstances for various reasons. What wonderful emergency services we have. Condolances to the family.
Well done to the officers for trying. We are not always successful in these circumstances for various reasons. What wonderful emergency services we have. Condolances to the family. redrum
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8:26pm Wed 28 Nov 12

zerotolerancetory says...

redrum wrote:
Well done to the officers for trying. We are not always successful in these circumstances for various reasons. What wonderful emergency services we have. Condolances to the family.
We?
[quote][p][bold]redrum[/bold] wrote: Well done to the officers for trying. We are not always successful in these circumstances for various reasons. What wonderful emergency services we have. Condolances to the family.[/p][/quote]We? zerotolerancetory
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5:32am Thu 29 Nov 12

redrum says...

Wrong meaning yes, as a senior carer and appointed first aider myself, i have also had to give CPR before and it is not always successful. All we can do is try though and any family would be grateful that we tried. Well done to the officers for their effort.
Wrong meaning yes, as a senior carer and appointed first aider myself, i have also had to give CPR before and it is not always successful. All we can do is try though and any family would be grateful that we tried. Well done to the officers for their effort. redrum
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11:56am Thu 29 Nov 12

Mrs Donnyfly says...

trucker1013 wrote:
Report speeding lorries to dave.roberts@wiltshi

re.gov.uk, we live at the other end of valley road and are
just as fed up with the traffic as you are.
And what do you expect dave.roberts@wiltshi
re.gov.uk to do about any reports of unverified speeding?
[quote][p][bold]trucker1013[/bold] wrote: Report speeding lorries to dave.roberts@wiltshi re.gov.uk, we live at the other end of valley road and are just as fed up with the traffic as you are.[/p][/quote]And what do you expect dave.roberts@wiltshi re.gov.uk to do about any reports of unverified speeding? Mrs Donnyfly
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1:34pm Thu 29 Nov 12

trucker1013 says...

He needs three people to complain and fill in a form that you can download from north wiltshire council highways.
Which i have done, more the better and then you fill in a metro form, then they will do a survey on the speed of the traffic, cannot sit back and do nothing.
god bless Tommy peace be with you.
He needs three people to complain and fill in a form that you can download from north wiltshire council highways. Which i have done, more the better and then you fill in a metro form, then they will do a survey on the speed of the traffic, cannot sit back and do nothing. god bless Tommy peace be with you. trucker1013
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9:28pm Thu 29 Nov 12

david44 says...

RIP Tommy, so sad. As well as the PCSOs that helped there were members of the public that helped before their arrival; blankets, care and calling the ambulance and doing as the emergency services said on the phone.
RIP Tommy, so sad. As well as the PCSOs that helped there were members of the public that helped before their arrival; blankets, care and calling the ambulance and doing as the emergency services said on the phone. david44
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