'Heartbroken' cat owner has had one cat killed and two injured by cars in a year

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A woman wants drivers on her road to slow down - after three of her cats were hit in one year.

Jo Howes, 46, who lives on Wynndale Road in Sherwood, believes there has been an increase in speeding on the streets around her house, and that one of these cars could killed her cat Pebbles, which died on Saturday, September 13.

Two more of her cats have also been seriously injured on the road since last October, and she and other residents worry that it could be a child or an elderly person hit next time.

Mrs Howes, a social worker, said: “There has been a significant increase of speed up and down the road. We are a residential area, but it seems people put their foot down here.

“I regularly see people doing 30 or above.

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“We are heartbroken at the loss of Pebbles, and after three cats being hit in 11 months, and a clear increase in speeding cars, we are worried for residents, children and pets.

“There are young children around and if one of them slipped out of mum or dad’s hands they might get hit too, and at the speed some cars go elderly people would not stand a chance.

“Please can drivers slow down and remember these are local residential roads?"

Her cat Pebbles was killed by a car on the junction of Wynndale Drive and Wimbledon Road, and although Mrs Howes did not see it happen, she said it was evident from the injuries that her cat had been hit at speed.

Last October her cat Tango was hit and got a fractured pelvis, and then another cat Tiggy Junior was hit, leading to a spine injury and damaging his nerve endings.

Jo Howes with her cat Lucky

Other residents are also concerned about safety for children and elderly on the street and are calling for something to be done.

Marie Seafield, 46, a painter and decorator who lives adjacent to Mrs Howes on Newfield Road, said: “Sometimes cars have got to be speeding at 40 miles an hour.

"As a mother I am concerned. I have a 12-year-old son myself and it is just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

“We do everything we can to protect our children but you can’t protect them against the way people drive. We need more speed bumps and signs to slow the traffic.”

Liane Hambly, 52, a university lecturer who lives on Exton Road, has also had a cat killed, and thinks residents should create a group to remind people to drive at the speed limit.

She said: “I get angry about the people speeding and I think we should do something together as a community.

“We could put on high-vis jackets and stand on the street trying to slow people down, maybe we could use placards with pictures of pets that have been hit asking them to drive slower.”

A Nottingham City Council spokesman said: “Residential streets in Sherwood were the first in the city to have 20mph limits introduced on them four years ago, leading to a reduction in speeds and the roll-out of this programme across the city.

“However, local councillors have raised residents’ concerns about issues on Retford Road and surrounding streets and so new road markings are to be introduced here.

"Adding a central line, SLOW markings and two Give Way junctions will help to better define the space and promote improved driver behaviour.”