Owner calls for tougher rules on motorbikes after dog gets run over on country path

Mandy with Rosie

Gordon, Rosie and Mandy

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A BELOVED pet dog was run over and killed by a motorbike on a countryside path, prompting its owner to call for action against the "constant problem" blighting his town.

Gordon Lenton and his wife, Mandy, were walking their three dogs on the Icknield Way on Sunday at 7.45pm when a motorbike came around the corner and ran over their Norwich Terrier, Nero.

As Mandy went to help Nero, he bit her, and she then spent 24 hours in hospital on a drip.

Gordon, 58, said: "All of a sudden we heard this sound of acceleration, when a bike came bolting out of the blue.

"My wife stood there and put her arms out and saw the bike and shouted: 'Slow down.'

"He applied the brakes and was skidding all over the place.

"My wife leapt out of the way but our Norwich Terrier- he just ran over him.

"The worst thing is, from that minute on he was dying."

As Mandy, 55, went to help Nero the distressed dog bit through her thumb and she later went to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

They took six-year-old Nero to the vets but he died on the way.

The couple, who live in Salisbury Close, Princes Risborough have two other dogs; Jack Russells Rose, 14 months and Mille, 12.

Gordon said: "We have had a constant problem with motorbikes over the last 18 months. We are living in a lovely bit of green land and we have this constant noise of motorcycles going on.

"Everyone I have spoken to, I know a lot of people, I have lived here for 20 years.

"The first thing they turn around and say is, 'What if you had been walking with your grandchild?'"

Gordon said their family, including children Ryan, 25 and Jade, 22, are cut apart.

Cllr Alan Turner said: "I just despair really with that particular problem. We have involved the police on a number of occasions in the past.

"The police can't be everywhere all the time. I don't quite know what the town council could do but there definitely need to be something done, for a dog to be killed in that way."

Police spokesman Hannah Williams said officers attended the scene and are in the process of making enquiries as to whether any road traffic offences have been committed.

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9:27am Sun 8 Jun 14

rem708 says...

Very simple
Road Traffic act 1988 section 34.1 a and b

Provided you were ON a right of way check clarification definition at http://www.oss.org.u
k/what-we-do/rights-
of-way/

Check the ‘definitive map’ for actual classification of the right of way. According to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 section 67 - Ending of certain existing unrecorded public rights of way the designation can no longer be changed and is fixed (missed the deadline to register). If registered as footpath or bridleway an offence was committed!

If you were off a right of way then it’s largely a civil case and you too are subject to trespass
Very simple Road Traffic act 1988 section 34.1 a and b Provided you were ON a right of way check clarification definition at http://www.oss.org.u k/what-we-do/rights- of-way/ Check the ‘definitive map’ for actual classification of the right of way. According to the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 section 67 - Ending of certain existing unrecorded public rights of way the designation can no longer be changed and is fixed (missed the deadline to register). If registered as footpath or bridleway an offence was committed! If you were off a right of way then it’s largely a civil case and you too are subject to trespass rem708
  • Score: 5

9:35am Sun 8 Jun 14

geoffW says...

You will find that a lot of these bikers are underage and do not have a licence or insurance. The reason they use tracks like the Icknield Way is that they can do what they want as the police will never catch them.

There is also a problem now with mountain bikers terrifying walkers (with or without dogs) on public footpaths. They think that they own the place. Wendover woods is crawling with them. One came within inches of clipping me at high speed and when I shouted after him he just turned and gave me the finger. Don't expect them to stick to designated areas, they go where they please and get angry if you are in their way.
You will find that a lot of these bikers are underage and do not have a licence or insurance. The reason they use tracks like the Icknield Way is that they can do what they want as the police will never catch them. There is also a problem now with mountain bikers terrifying walkers (with or without dogs) on public footpaths. They think that they own the place. Wendover woods is crawling with them. One came within inches of clipping me at high speed and when I shouted after him he just turned and gave me the finger. Don't expect them to stick to designated areas, they go where they please and get angry if you are in their way. geoffW
  • Score: 15

10:12am Sun 8 Jun 14

Gibney77 says...

The biker is definitely to blame as he shouldn't have been riding on a pathway, especially not at speed!
I would just like to point out though that if this does happen to anyone else - if you put your arms out trying to stop/block his route, he will either go through you or very likely try to stop, skid, lose control and then who knows what or who he's going to run over. Bikes and scooters are far harder to handle when "emergency stopping" or "emergency avoiding a lady who's trying to stop me".
As I said, I'm not blaming the lady cos the bike shouldn't have been there in the first place.
The biker is definitely to blame as he shouldn't have been riding on a pathway, especially not at speed! I would just like to point out though that if this does happen to anyone else - if you put your arms out trying to stop/block his route, he will either go through you or very likely try to stop, skid, lose control and then who knows what or who he's going to run over. Bikes and scooters are far harder to handle when "emergency stopping" or "emergency avoiding a lady who's trying to stop me". As I said, I'm not blaming the lady cos the bike shouldn't have been there in the first place. Gibney77
  • Score: 11

4:41pm Sun 8 Jun 14

ASocialistAbroad says...

geoffW wrote:
You will find that a lot of these bikers are underage and do not have a licence or insurance. The reason they use tracks like the Icknield Way is that they can do what they want as the police will never catch them.

There is also a problem now with mountain bikers terrifying walkers (with or without dogs) on public footpaths. They think that they own the place. Wendover woods is crawling with them. One came within inches of clipping me at high speed and when I shouted after him he just turned and gave me the finger. Don't expect them to stick to designated areas, they go where they please and get angry if you are in their way.
Motorcyclists have no place on footpaths as they should be able to keep up with other road vehicles, but perhaps the mountain bikers are being forced offroad by the lack of any kind of provision for cycle paths. There is about 10m of cycle path locally but both motorways and A-roads as far as the eye can see.

The public footpaths round Marlow/Maidenhead/Wy
combe seem to make no secret that cyclists are not to be encouraged by dint of the numerous turnstiles. The alternative is to brave various narrow, windy roads while fighting a rear guard action from numerous Chelsea tractors and supercars.

That said, I'm always very cautious and civil when out mountain biking and have nearly been knocked over by oblivious cyclists, often dividing their time between a fag and SnapChat.
[quote][p][bold]geoffW[/bold] wrote: You will find that a lot of these bikers are underage and do not have a licence or insurance. The reason they use tracks like the Icknield Way is that they can do what they want as the police will never catch them. There is also a problem now with mountain bikers terrifying walkers (with or without dogs) on public footpaths. They think that they own the place. Wendover woods is crawling with them. One came within inches of clipping me at high speed and when I shouted after him he just turned and gave me the finger. Don't expect them to stick to designated areas, they go where they please and get angry if you are in their way.[/p][/quote]Motorcyclists have no place on footpaths as they should be able to keep up with other road vehicles, but perhaps the mountain bikers are being forced offroad by the lack of any kind of provision for cycle paths. There is about 10m of cycle path locally but both motorways and A-roads as far as the eye can see. The public footpaths round Marlow/Maidenhead/Wy combe seem to make no secret that cyclists are not to be encouraged by dint of the numerous turnstiles. The alternative is to brave various narrow, windy roads while fighting a rear guard action from numerous Chelsea tractors and supercars. That said, I'm always very cautious and civil when out mountain biking and have nearly been knocked over by oblivious cyclists, often dividing their time between a fag and SnapChat. ASocialistAbroad
  • Score: -2

7:24pm Sun 8 Jun 14

mother henpeck says...

my heart goes out to you for the loss of your dog
my heart goes out to you for the loss of your dog mother henpeck
  • Score: 15

11:48pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Mr Totterdge Hill says...

This is happening in High Wycombe as well, the police are powerless and frankly can't be bothered because even when they do catch the blighters the magistrates give the riders a slap on the wrist and points on their non existent licences.
I vote they should be able to use tasers on them, that'll stop them. Perhaps the resulting crash might also break the cheeky chappies next at the same time... I'd like to include the off piste cyclists as well on this one. All down to a lack of respect and or due care whilst having a blast at everyone elses peril.
This is happening in High Wycombe as well, the police are powerless and frankly can't be bothered because even when they do catch the blighters the magistrates give the riders a slap on the wrist and points on their non existent licences. I vote they should be able to use tasers on them, that'll stop them. Perhaps the resulting crash might also break the cheeky chappies next at the same time... I'd like to include the off piste cyclists as well on this one. All down to a lack of respect and or due care whilst having a blast at everyone elses peril. Mr Totterdge Hill
  • Score: 5

10:01am Mon 9 Jun 14

PDplum says...

Why wasn't the dog on a lead?

Yes the motorcyclist is to blame but the owners negligence is a contributory factor
Why wasn't the dog on a lead? Yes the motorcyclist is to blame but the owners negligence is a contributory factor PDplum
  • Score: -15

10:14am Mon 9 Jun 14

scoobynut says...

geoffW wrote:
You will find that a lot of these bikers are underage and do not have a licence or insurance. The reason they use tracks like the Icknield Way is that they can do what they want as the police will never catch them. There is also a problem now with mountain bikers terrifying walkers (with or without dogs) on public footpaths. They think that they own the place. Wendover woods is crawling with them. One came within inches of clipping me at high speed and when I shouted after him he just turned and gave me the finger. Don't expect them to stick to designated areas, they go where they please and get angry if you are in their way.
What!, as far as I know "mountain bikers" are allowed to go on the majority of paths shared with walkers, and no matter what speed I gingerly cycle past these people I alwys get a filthy look, even in places like the Rye where there is a split footpath, 90% of walkers seem to prefer the cycle side of the path for some some reason, so I never know whether to dodge or ring my bell, either course get a nasty look usually.
[quote][p][bold]geoffW[/bold] wrote: You will find that a lot of these bikers are underage and do not have a licence or insurance. The reason they use tracks like the Icknield Way is that they can do what they want as the police will never catch them. There is also a problem now with mountain bikers terrifying walkers (with or without dogs) on public footpaths. They think that they own the place. Wendover woods is crawling with them. One came within inches of clipping me at high speed and when I shouted after him he just turned and gave me the finger. Don't expect them to stick to designated areas, they go where they please and get angry if you are in their way.[/p][/quote]What!, as far as I know "mountain bikers" are allowed to go on the majority of paths shared with walkers, and no matter what speed I gingerly cycle past these people I alwys get a filthy look, even in places like the Rye where there is a split footpath, 90% of walkers seem to prefer the cycle side of the path for some some reason, so I never know whether to dodge or ring my bell, either course get a nasty look usually. scoobynut
  • Score: 9

12:58pm Mon 9 Jun 14

pennman says...

A friend was deliberately ridden at in Kingswood in Tylers Green by a group of 4 yobs. The police didn't bother responding to his 999 call for 36 hours, until he chased them up. I really don't think the police care and it is on their low priority list until someone gets killed. If something happened to them or one of their family and they'd be on it in seconds.
Thames Valley Police- DO YOUR JOB
A friend was deliberately ridden at in Kingswood in Tylers Green by a group of 4 yobs. The police didn't bother responding to his 999 call for 36 hours, until he chased them up. I really don't think the police care and it is on their low priority list until someone gets killed. If something happened to them or one of their family and they'd be on it in seconds. Thames Valley Police- DO YOUR JOB pennman
  • Score: 13

10:38pm Wed 18 Jun 14

ags1981 says...

PDplum wrote:
Why wasn't the dog on a lead?

Yes the motorcyclist is to blame but the owners negligence is a contributory factor
he wasn't on a lead as its a bridle path and not a road for motorbikes. Dogs are allowed off the lead there..So NO Negligence..
[quote][p][bold]PDplum[/bold] wrote: Why wasn't the dog on a lead? Yes the motorcyclist is to blame but the owners negligence is a contributory factor[/p][/quote]he wasn't on a lead as its a bridle path and not a road for motorbikes. Dogs are allowed off the lead there..So NO Negligence.. ags1981
  • Score: 1

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