Dad’s fear over fence by homes near M1

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A three-year-old girl almost crawled onto the M1 motorway after she escaped through a fence in her back-garden.

Her father, Steve Payne, claimed the fence at the property in Miller Close, Kislingbury, which is owned by South Northants Homes, was not sufficient for a home with a young child in it.

His daughter, Trinity-Beau, lives with his ex-partner, Hayley Farmer, and Mr Payne, 44, said that just under two weeks ago his daughter climbed through a gap in the fence and began toddling through a field towards the M1.

He said: “The motorway is only around 200 yards away from the back of the house. She got out and went across the field towards it. The fence is not damaged but is not sufficient enough to keep a three-year-old child safe. I fear for her safety. It could have ended in tragedy. She could have been dead.”

Mr Payne said the garden was surrounded by the fence, made up of two slats, with a space in the middle which his daughter was able to climb through. He said a new panel fence would cost around £200 and said he had not got the money to pay for one, but wanted the landlord to provide one.

He added: “The fence is not damaged but a dog or a child could get out of it.”

A spokesperson for South Northants Homes, who own the property and deal with its maintenance, said: “As a landlord South Northants Homes has a responsibility to put up a fence to mark the boundary of the property, but it always remains the responsibility of the parent or occupant to make sure any children or animals are supervised so that they remain secure within that boundary. We will replace fences where they are damaged, which this one was not.”