Time for football tributes to be removed from crash sites?

A Manchester United shirt left in memory of David John Jones, who died after his car collided with a tree on the approach to Amble in 2013.
A Manchester United shirt left in memory of David John Jones, who died after his car collided with a tree on the approach to Amble in 2013.

Football memorabilia left at two fatal car-crash sites on the approach to Amble are causing concern, it was claimed at an Amble Town Council meeting last week.

Coun Jeff Waton, who is on the council, said that the items had been there for a long time and some motorists felt they were distracting.

He appreciated that it was a sensitive issue, but wondered if they could be removed and replaced by more appropriate tributes.

He added: “For quite some time now, concern has been expressed to me by motorists and residents about the football shirts, scarfs etc that have been placed at the scene of the two tragic and very regrettable accidents that happened some time ago at the Amble end of Rotary Way.

“Whereas many people are sympathetic to the reasons for these articles to be there, they feel that amongst other things, they are a distraction to motorists and as they have been there for some time, it is time they were removed.

“I don’t know anyone who feels that a bunch of flowers or something similar would be inappropriate so perhaps it is time for the respective families to consider removing these articles which had been placed there and commemorate their loved ones in some other more appropriate way.”

The tributes have been left on two separate trees, which are close to each other. One site is where David John Jones, 38, from Amble, was killed in 2013, while the other is the spot where Amble teenagers Steven Robinson and Shaun Smith were killed in 2006.

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