Pizza driver chases stone-throw­ing boy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­

A PIZZA de­liv­ery man drove across a gar­den and on a drive­way to chase a young boy who had thrown stones at his scooter, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses.

Lynne Stu­art, who lives in Can­ter­bury Road, Ken­ning­ton, said: “In his ef­fort to chase the young boy the de­liv­ery driver drove straight across our front gar­den and then chased the boy down the drive­way.

“My hus­band Nic was shout­ing over the fence and mov­ing from the back gar­den into the front gar­den. He went down to the front of our drive­way but the driver had sped away and there was no sign of the young boy.”

Mrs Stu­art im­me­di­ately tele­phoned the Ash­ford Domi­nos Pizza branch and, af­ter some de­lay, has had a writ­ten apol­ogy and ex­pla­na­tion.


She said: “Whilst I do not con­done the young boy’s be­hav­iour I do not be­lieve that throw­ing a stone at some­one on a mo­tor­bike gives the driver a right to drive across pri­vate prop­erty and a gar­den in an ef­fort to track down the per­pe­tra­tor.”

Mrs Stu­art feared the de­liv­ery man could have in­jured her chil­dren.

She said: “Only 10 min­utes be­fore this in­ci­dent I had been get­ting my nine-year-old and two-year-old daugh­ters out of the car and they had been walk­ing up the drive­way on their own while I fol­lowed be­hind.

“I could never have an­tic­i­pated a mo­tor­bike be­ing driven at speed up my drive­way and the con­se­quences of the driver’s ac­tions could have been a great deal more sig­nif­i­cant if this in­ci­dent had co­in­cided with our ar­rival home.”

Aga Matysiak, the man­ager of Ash­ford Domi­nos, wrote an email to Mrs Stu­art and said: “We un­der­stand the wor­ries you must have about your chil­dren and can only keep apol­o­gis­ing for the driver’s be­hav­iour to­wards the chil­dren.

“Af­ter this in­ci­dent we spoke to all of our driv­ers and told them to be ex­tra aware about chil­dren be­ing around and to be ex­tra safe about them­selves and the pub­lic around them.”

The in­ci­dent, which hap­pened at 7.15pm on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 was re­ported to the po­lice by the fam­ily.

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