‘Thug with no conscience’ killed elderly dog on beach
PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 June 2014
CALLS have been issued for beach rangers to be given more powers after a dog was killed by a speeding car at Uphill.
Ken Creffield, of Thornbury Road, said the death of his elderly terrier Jack was one of many incidents he had encountered involving speeding vehicles on the beach.
He said: “A thug doing handbrake turns in a big white car caught Jack from behind and killed him outright, just beside the 10mph sign.
“As I looked around for Jack I saw the white car drive off the beach at speed.
“Because of his poor health the time would have come for him to be put to sleep. He would have gone out painlessly in the company of those who loved him.
“Instead he was hurled out of existence by a thug with no conscience who left Jack’s body on the beach like discarded rubbish.”
He continued: “I have had many confrontations with speeding drivers on the beach. I have been threatened with violence and was once punched in the stomach.
“A few years ago a beach ranger and I cornered three people who were driving at 70mph in a quad bike.
“They refused to identify themselves and there was nothing the ranger could do.
“I would like all the rangers to be made special constables, so that they could arrest the car thugs.”
Mr Creffield took Jack to Green Pastures vets, where he was told Jack would have died instantly.
He said: “He was only a little dog but he has left a big hole in our lives.”
A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “The council’s ranger service patrols the Uphill part of the beach at intervals, and officers challenge drivers who are using the beach inappropriately and causing a potential risk to other beach users.
“The majority of drivers who are challenged respond positively to the rangers’ requests, however, in the case of the minority who do not, the rangers take their vehicle details and pass them on to the police who follow-up by making contact with the driver.”