A seven-year-old boy whose cat got run over by a speeding driver has started checking his way and takes a stern look at cars he thinks are going too fast.
Harry Cannell, from Mattishall Norfolk, was heartbroken after his cat Trevor was run over on the 30 mph road outside their home last month, and decided to keep an eye on traffic past his house.
His family put up a large sign to warn drivers, while Harry spent his time frowning at drivers wearing hi-vis vests.
He appeared on This Morning today with his mother Claire, 37, and said drivers “listened” after calling them names for speeding.
Harry Cannell (pictured), from Mattishall Norfolk, has started checking his road and takes a stern look at cars he thinks are going too fast
When he appeared on This Morning today with his mum Claire, 37, (pictured), he said drivers “ listened ” after calling them out for speeding
“I was actually in the front and told the drivers to slow down and if another car came the other way, I told the other to stop,” Harry said. “They listened to me.”
Claire called the loss of their beloved pet ‘horrifying’ and explained that Trevor was ‘really part of the family’, even accompanying them at the school.
“Unfortunately, he came out that night and was knocked over on the road,” she said.
‘Of course it also made it so much more difficult in lockdown. We were already under a lot of pressure and stress and I know people say “It’s just a cat”, but it was really awful.
Harry and his family were heartbroken after their cat Trevor was run over on the 30 mph road outside their home last month
‘He was such a great cat. He would come to school and wait in the bushes, he was really part of the family. ‘
Trevor is the family’s second pet to have died on the road in the last four years, and Claire works with local authorities to lower the speed limit on their road.
“We are currently 30,” she said. “We’ve worked with the local police and a lawyer to see if we can lower the speed limit to 20, just to make it a little bit safer.”
The mother urged drivers to slow down on their country road, saying she fears a child could be injured by speeding cars.
After he started his campaign, Claire posted on the local Facebook wall to let the community know about Harry’s mission and two police officers soon reached out and asked to meet Harry.
The officers gave Harry a ‘do what he can’ certificate and even let him try out their speed gun
“Of course people just fly here,” she said. ‘As a country road, not everyone obeys the law.
“A lot of animals have been killed on this road, my concern is how long it will take a child to get hurt or worse.”
Despite his rigorous campaign, even Harry seemed struck by the heatwave today, which has seen the temperature rise above 37 ° C, and admitted to ‘cooking’ in his high-vis jacket.
“It’s been a bit warm,” said Harry. “I’m itching right now because I’m cooking.”
After starting his campaign, Claire posted to the local Facebook wall to let the community know about Harry’s mission.
Despite his rigorous campaigns, even Harry seemed affected by the heatwave today and admitted to ‘cooking’ in his jacket
Harry proudly showed his certificate and said, ‘I was actually in the front and told the drivers to slow down and if another car came the other way, I told the other to stop’
Two police officers soon reached out and asked to meet Harry, grant him a certificate, and even let him try out their speed gun.
“I got a certificate because the police gave me one because I was up front and did what I could,” Harry explained.
Breckland police posted a photo of Harry working with them and wrote on Twitter: ‘Harry encourages road safety and speed awareness on his street.
“We think he will be a great cop.”