Clampdown on speeding

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POLICE have called on the community to help put the brakes on speeding drivers.

Officers are urging volunteers to sign up to the Community Speedwatch Scheme, which equips members with specialist equipment to monitor the speed of passing vehicles. Anyone caught driving over the speed limit receives a letter from the police and community, warning that such driving will not be tolerated.

Repeat offenders will be contacted directly by officers and further action could be taken.

The initiative is being rolled out across Morpeth, Alnwick, Berwick and Hexham after a successful trial in Rothbury.

Morpeth Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “We really welcome the community to get involved and help tackle the issues that concern people most.

“The team continues to patrol key areas, but with the extra help of volunteers we can reduce the issue of speeding motorists.

“We take these matters very seriously and we have been working with our partners to tackle these concerns.”

Operation Go Slow has been running in the area and last month officers from Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team checked almost 1,500 vehicles.

Seven were given warnings and one driver was issued with a fine.

In a separate operation with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency 28 vehicles were pulled over in two locations and one prohibition notice was issued.

Anyone interested in joining the Speedwatch scheme should contact police on 101, ext 69191, or email morpeth.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk