Anger as floods turn to violence

Flooding in Bramdean

Flooding in Bramdean

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FLOODING turned to violence when a driver attacked a walker who was urging him to slow down on a rain-hit Hampshire road.

The pedestrian used a waving hand signal to urge the motorist to cut his speed as he splashed towards him on a partly submerged road.

But instead, the driver slammed his brakes on and came to a halt before leaping out of his car and swinging a punch at the man.

The fit of 'flood rage' came as a Hampshire MP highlighted the “unbelievable behaviour” of “joyriders” on waterlogged roads in the county.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery said he had been told about the incident by an incensed resident in his constituency.

“Luckily the resident said the driver only managed to connect with his torch, which hopefully must have hurt his hand, before he ran back to his car and drove off,” Mr Hollingbery said.

“It was quite a shocking incident for him to be involved in and unfortunately he didn't get enough time to take down his registration number.”

The assault happened on the A272 at Bramdean, near Alresford.

But Mr Hollingbery said it was not the first incident he had heard of as floods continue to blight Hampshire.

“On Saturday, again in Bramdean, we watched a sports car drive so quickly through flood water it actually aquaplaned and ended up travelling sideways across the road before mounting the verge and finally gaining control before speeding off.”

He said there was another incident in which drivers were “joyriding” down the flooded East and West Streets in Hambledon at speeds of up to 40mph “just for the thrill”.

He added: “This is a truly stupid thing to do in around 5in of water as it causes a bow wave and even more flooding of properties. This is inconsiderate and illegal, and people should have more sense.”

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3:43pm Thu 13 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Brilliant. Now drivers are getting angry when people try to help them?

Can this stop before it starts so there are no more accidents please?
Brilliant. Now drivers are getting angry when people try to help them? Can this stop before it starts so there are no more accidents please? camerajuan
  • Score: 18

3:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Dasal says...

"slammed his BREAKS on".................
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OH PLEASE !!!!
"slammed his BREAKS on"................. . OH PLEASE !!!! Dasal
  • Score: 12

4:40pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bigfella777 says...

This would never happen with cyclists and car drivers are so mature and Dont break the laws of the road. Yeah right
This would never happen with cyclists and car drivers are so mature and Dont break the laws of the road. Yeah right bigfella777
  • Score: -2

4:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

The car driver is a total friggin' numpty its dumbasses like him who that think they can be above safety and just speed over flooded roads. Name and shame this arse who thinks he can punch someone trying to save his life.
The car driver is a total friggin' numpty its dumbasses like him who that think they can be above safety and just speed over flooded roads. Name and shame this arse who thinks he can punch someone trying to save his life. Mary80
  • Score: 15

4:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

RomseyKeith says...

Dasal wrote:
"slammed his BREAKS on"................. . OH PLEASE !!!!
Classic. I like to slam my breaks on when I take a brake from driving. Idiots.
[quote][p][bold]Dasal[/bold] wrote: "slammed his BREAKS on"................. . OH PLEASE !!!![/p][/quote]Classic. I like to slam my breaks on when I take a brake from driving. Idiots. RomseyKeith
  • Score: 11

5:27pm Thu 13 Feb 14

megabyte376 says...

I don't understand why people have to insist on using their cars in those conditions. Can't they leave their cars at home just for once?
I don't understand why people have to insist on using their cars in those conditions. Can't they leave their cars at home just for once? megabyte376
  • Score: -12

5:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

one in a million says...

Motorists are becoming more and more angry and selfish.
Motorists are becoming more and more angry and selfish. one in a million
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ydkjs2 says...

STUPID PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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STUPID PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! ydkjs2
  • Score: 5

6:12pm Thu 13 Feb 14

From the sidelines says...

This a second or third-hand story. Obviously,the facts have become confused as motorists never drive irresponsibly, see other letters.

This cyclist must be caught.
This a second or third-hand story. Obviously,the facts have become confused as motorists never drive irresponsibly, see other letters. This cyclist must be caught. From the sidelines
  • Score: 14

6:23pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Quizbook says...

Is'nt it wonderful the way a bit of adversity brings out the best in the British.

We're all in it together chaps,
Dunkirk spirit etc, mutter mutter mutt.........
Is'nt it wonderful the way a bit of adversity brings out the best in the British. We're all in it together chaps, Dunkirk spirit etc, mutter mutter mutt......... Quizbook
  • Score: 1

7:35pm Thu 13 Feb 14

memush says...

driving without due care and attention--nick im simple. been done before
driving without due care and attention--nick im simple. been done before memush
  • Score: 2

8:32pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Tone says...

"The pedestrian used a waving hand signal not using all of his fingers" I bet;)
"The pedestrian used a waving hand signal not using all of his fingers" I bet;) Tone
  • Score: -1

8:33pm Thu 13 Feb 14

sparkster says...

why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents
why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents sparkster
  • Score: 8

8:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

sotongirlie says...

Another example of poor journalism form the Daily Echo, breaks? it's brakes, junior school stuff.
Another example of poor journalism form the Daily Echo, breaks? it's brakes, junior school stuff. sotongirlie
  • Score: -3

9:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

forest hump says...

sparkster wrote:
why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents
Because 80% of the population have inferior i.q.'s. Basically, we have a nation of thickos
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents[/p][/quote]Because 80% of the population have inferior i.q.'s. Basically, we have a nation of thickos forest hump
  • Score: 5

9:38pm Thu 13 Feb 14

wilson castaway says...

Walking to school one morning some complete moron soaked my two year old son while driving at speed through a flood.Not only that, it was it chucking it down with rain so there was reduced visability, sped through the school crossing patrol on amber and with any disregard for school children amd parents and the poor lollypop lady then managed to completely drench my poor child and my legs . Every one else drove through with care and caution but not Mr or Mrs Mercedes convertable. If I had caught the registration I would of definitely reported such awful driving.
Walking to school one morning some complete moron soaked my two year old son while driving at speed through a flood.Not only that, it was it chucking it down with rain so there was reduced visability, sped through the school crossing patrol on amber and with any disregard for school children amd parents and the poor lollypop lady then managed to completely drench my poor child and my legs . Every one else drove through with care and caution but not Mr or Mrs Mercedes convertable. If I had caught the registration I would of definitely reported such awful driving. wilson castaway
  • Score: 5

1:06am Fri 14 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

sparkster wrote:
why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents
Because people are increasingly driving around with zero patience and arrogance to the gills. Drivers can be ignorant at times.
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents[/p][/quote]Because people are increasingly driving around with zero patience and arrogance to the gills. Drivers can be ignorant at times. Mary80
  • Score: 1

10:25am Fri 14 Feb 14

RomseyKeith says...

Mary80 wrote:
sparkster wrote: why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents
Because people are increasingly driving around with zero patience and arrogance to the gills. Drivers can be ignorant at times.
True. A lot of people revert to the mental intelligence of 8 year olds as soon as they're in a car. They drive as if they have to be first for everything, and as if they're needs are more important than anyone elses. Basically, most drive as if they're compensating for something (let's just say tiny/little man in the trousers syndrome).
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: why dont people drive at a sensible speed when roads are flooded for goodness sake, as above we're all in this together so lets help each other out. Ive seen people drive in foggy conditions on motorways regardless of signs, its not only themselves they risk injury its other innocents[/p][/quote]Because people are increasingly driving around with zero patience and arrogance to the gills. Drivers can be ignorant at times.[/p][/quote]True. A lot of people revert to the mental intelligence of 8 year olds as soon as they're in a car. They drive as if they have to be first for everything, and as if they're needs are more important than anyone elses. Basically, most drive as if they're compensating for something (let's just say tiny/little man in the trousers syndrome). RomseyKeith
  • Score: 2

5:11pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Blogspotter says...

Some people can be very hypocritical when they only hear one side of story.

Truth be told, they have never reported the story from the car driver.

Unfortunately some small minded people will only read what they want read and make their assumptions based on that information.

They will then ridicule the hell out of someone without knowing all the facts.

you can't walk up and down a road in need deep in water and not expect to get wet. on that particular road, there isnt a great deal of options you can take to get in to get to winchester.

Perhaps you should think before making dumb **** assumptions that the car drivers are always at fault !
Some people can be very hypocritical when they only hear one side of story. Truth be told, they have never reported the story from the car driver. Unfortunately some small minded people will only read what they want read and make their assumptions based on that information. They will then ridicule the hell out of someone without knowing all the facts. you can't walk up and down a road in need deep in water and not expect to get wet. on that particular road, there isnt a great deal of options you can take to get in to get to winchester. Perhaps you should think before making dumb **** assumptions that the car drivers are always at fault ! Blogspotter
  • Score: -1

5:46pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

A total Arse mate jog on Mr Rush!
A total Arse mate jog on Mr Rush! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Fri 14 Feb 14

S Pance says...

Bl00dy cyclists.
Bl00dy cyclists. S Pance
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Fri 14 Feb 14

trix says...

4x4's are able to drive through flooded areas, if your stupid enough to walk near a large mass of water on a road expect to get wet........As for 40mph on car tyres 1.6-8mm tread depth (my 4x4 runs 18mm) its not going to happen !!!! at 20mph my heavy 4x4 becomes buoyant. I do feel sorry for the person attacked. Please don't assume every person on a flooded road will punch you, I will just make you very wet and carry on with my journey peacefully.
4x4's are able to drive through flooded areas, if your stupid enough to walk near a large mass of water on a road expect to get wet........As for 40mph on car tyres 1.6-8mm tread depth (my 4x4 runs 18mm) its not going to happen !!!! at 20mph my heavy 4x4 becomes buoyant. I do feel sorry for the person attacked. Please don't assume every person on a flooded road will punch you, I will just make you very wet and carry on with my journey peacefully. trix
  • Score: -4

1:51am Sat 15 Feb 14

ratface75 says...

picture the scene old chap waving arms and has a torch??? in the dark then, distracting drivers, obvi boy racers is so naughty!!!!!!!!!!!! we've all done it so don't lie, but mateys sounds like he was doing as said and concentrating on keepin his licence and of course tryin toget home from work, etc etc i think we can all relate, some olden stood there waving arms and his torch, is that not a really dangerous thing to do??????????????!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or am i missing the point??? silly old sod
picture the scene old chap waving arms and has a torch??? in the dark then, distracting drivers, obvi boy racers is so naughty!!!!!!!!!!!! we've all done it so don't lie, but mateys sounds like he was doing as said and concentrating on keepin his licence and of course tryin toget home from work, etc etc i think we can all relate, some olden stood there waving arms and his torch, is that not a really dangerous thing to do??????????????!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or am i missing the point??? silly old sod ratface75
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Jesus_02 says...

wilson castaway wrote:
Walking to school one morning some complete moron soaked my two year old son while driving at speed through a flood.Not only that, it was it chucking it down with rain so there was reduced visability, sped through the school crossing patrol on amber and with any disregard for school children amd parents and the poor lollypop lady then managed to completely drench my poor child and my legs . Every one else drove through with care and caution but not Mr or Mrs Mercedes convertable. If I had caught the registration I would of definitely reported such awful driving.
Sorry but does your 2 year old pay road tax.....eh... well... then he doesn't have any rights
[quote][p][bold]wilson castaway[/bold] wrote: Walking to school one morning some complete moron soaked my two year old son while driving at speed through a flood.Not only that, it was it chucking it down with rain so there was reduced visability, sped through the school crossing patrol on amber and with any disregard for school children amd parents and the poor lollypop lady then managed to completely drench my poor child and my legs . Every one else drove through with care and caution but not Mr or Mrs Mercedes convertable. If I had caught the registration I would of definitely reported such awful driving.[/p][/quote]Sorry but does your 2 year old pay road tax.....eh... well... then he doesn't have any rights Jesus_02
  • Score: 1

12:02am Tue 18 Feb 14

nervousbumskin420 says...

fun though...
fun though... nervousbumskin420
  • Score: 0

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