A shopkeeper in Woolwich has said he is “not surprised” about the crash which led to the death of a boy outside a mosque.

Three pedestrians, who were crossing Plumstead Road, and a motorcyclist were involved in a crash at 7.30pm on February 19.

An eight-year-old boy died at the scene and a man and a 10-year-old boy are both fighting for their lives in hospital.

The rider of the motorcycle, a man in his 20s, was also taken to hospital where his condition was assessed as not life threatening.

The shopkeeper, who wished to be kept anonymous, said he has worried about the safety of Plumstead Road for some time.  

He explained: “I have lived and worked here for a while now, so I know that Plumstead Road can be dangerous because it’s like a dual carriageway, a very wide road.

“I think drivers have the impression to go 50 miles per hour or more.

“There’s been many times where I’ve seen cars just speed past, when it’s only meant to be a 30 miles per hour road.

“So, this crash was not a surprise in a way, and it was bound to happen. Unfortunately a boy has died as a result.”

The shopkeeper of 25 years said visible speed signs and a speed camera should be installed on the bridge just after Plumstead Station.

He explained: “I think this is where the problem starts, as the road gets wider after the bridge people just go as fast as they can.

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“I know there’s a speed camera installed after the mosque near the South East College but there definitely needs to be another one just after passing Plumstead Station.”

Road closures were put in place following the incident and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

Police have confirmed that there is nothing to suggest the incident was terrorism related or a hate crime, but enquiries continue to establish the circumstances.

The Woolwich shopkeeper is worried that businesses in Plumstead Road are also at "constant" danger. 

He added: "We're in constant danger too, what about if a car hits one of the shops? 

"So something needs to be changed."

A spokesperson for Metropolitan Police said: "Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Greenwich

"Officers were called at approximately 7.30pm on Sunday, 19 February to reports of a motorcycle in collision with three pedestrians on a pedestrian crossing in Plumstead Road, near the junction with Lenton Street, SE18.

"Officers, London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance all attended the scene.

"Despite the best efforts of the emergency services one of the pedestrians, an eight year-old boy, sadly died at the scene.

"His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. There has been no arrest."

The spokesperson added: "Any witnesses or anyone with information that may assist police is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8285 1574.

"Alternatively you can contact police by calling 101 or tweeting @MetCC and quoting CAD 6036/19Feb.

"There is nothing at this stage to suggest this is terrorism related or a hate crime.

"Enquiries continue to establish the circumstances."