RESIDENTS are calling for action after a driver destroyed part of a fence.

It comes after a BMW driver hit a home in Riverbanks, off Radcliffe Road, Darcy Lever before speeding off and dumping the car near the Lever Bridge pub.

David Foley, whose property was hit, says the area has been plagued by such incidents.

He said: “This is the fourth time in the 20 years we’ve lived here that our property has been hit by speeding cars. The previous crash was so severe it caused around £20,000 worth of damage.

“We featured in the Bolton Evening News in 2007 after a crash and still no traffic calming measures have been taken. Radcliffe Road is like a race track some nights. Many other crashes have happened on this stretch of the road. Is it going to take a death for something to happen?”

Past incidents nearby include a crash in September where a car struck fencing on the corner of Buttermere Close and Park Road. The month before a driver was arrested after a woman was left with “life changing injuries” when she was hit by a car in Stopes Road, Little Lever

Mr Foley has spoken to Cllr David Evans, who represents Little Lever and Darcy Lever ward, about their concerns.

Cllr Evans said: “There have been concerns about crashes over a period of time and the fear is that some real action needs to take place on this road because there is a pattern of behaviour. One could be an accident but when there’s three or more there’s a problem.”

Cllr Evans, who has raised the matter with Highways Bolton, added: “This looks to me like a trend and that needs a special reduction measure.”

A police spokesman said: “Officers were called shortly after 4.30pm on Thursday, December 2, to a report of a collision involving one vehicle on Riverbanks. Police attended and enquiries established a car had collided with the garden fence of a property before the driver fled the scene.

“The car was found abandoned a short while later. Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made.”