‘Senseless’: Driver seen racing down staircase as council laments ‘frustrating’ damage

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Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council are now searching for the driver of the Mercedes Jeep. According to a local resident, the vehicle raced down Walmer Road four times over a one-hour period.

The reckless driving caused damage to the steps and footpath between Hippodrome Place and Walmer Road in London.

The Kensington and Chelsea transport team had the steps fixed in 48 hours, to the tune of £473.

CCTV footage from a local resident has been released to track down the driver.

The pictures of the incident see the motorists driving around a number of bollards before driving down the staircase.

Damage to the staircase was clear, with numerous broken tiles lying over the pavement.

The Council is calling on rogue drivers to engage their brains, as the cost of dangerous and inconsiderate driving takes resources away from council services.

The driver could face an offence of dangerous driving and the council is looking to recover the costs incurred.

Dangerous driving is a serious charge and is classed as driving which “falls far below what would be expected of competent and careful driving.

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“And it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous.”

These types of offences will be dealt with by Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, depending on the seriousness.

If found guilty, drivers could be hit with an unlimited fine, a driving ban and up to 14 years in prison, based on the severity of the offence.

Councillor Johnny Thalassites, Lead Member for environment, planning and place for Kensington Council, commented on the incident.

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