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Police warning as drivers ignore A36 junction measures
Drivers are endangering lives by ignoring the temporary road closure on part of Manor Road, which prevents vehicles leaving Upton Lovell and getting on to the A36.
Wiltshire Council and the Highways Agency decided to close part of Manor Road in January, after lengthy discussions, following an inquest verdict on Stanley “Rocky” Knight.
Mr Knight died in June last year, from multiple traumatic injuries, after his car collided with a 32-tonne lorry as he made the turning out of Upton Lovell and on to the A36.
Fellow Upton Lovell residents Althea and Antony Barrington-Brown were also killed in a similar collision, just yards further down the road, in January 2012.
However, some road users are choosing to ignore the signs and barriers placed at the closure.
Police say they will now be prosecuting the driver of any vehicle seen breaching the closure order.
Inspector Lindsey Winter said: “While I appreciate that there are people who may not agree, the formal decision has been made that the part of Manor Road Upton Lovell up to the junction with the A36 is closed.
“Legislation dictates and this is deemed for the safety of road users.
“It is important that the police work in conjunction with other agencies in keeping people safe.
“Road users should not be using this junction to leave Upton Lovell on to the A36.
“Police will be working with the council and the local community to enforce this.
“I would urge people to take notice of the signage and adhere to it.”
There will be police patrols in the area and drivers will face a £60 fixed penalty notice for a contravention of the rules.
Police will also be working with the local community to tackle any persistent offenders breaching the order.
Upton Lovell Parish Council chairman Jon Perrett said: “The temporary road closure has been in place for a few weeks now, but some people are still going out of the junction on to the A36.”
He added: “It doesn’t appear to be villagers who are doing this and the number has gone down since the clear ‘No exit to the A36’ signs went up, but there are some that still come out on to the A36.
“Villagers who know the history of the junction find it extraordinary and very dangerous, so I would ask people to please not take the risk.”
A spokesman for Wiltshire Council said: “We support the activity of the local people and the police in preventing drivers from coming out of the Manor Road junction on to the A36.”
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