Speeding tops crime concern

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SPEEDING is the most common crime concern for Morpeth residents, a survey has shown.

The town’s Neighbourhood Policing Team spoke to residents last month to find out their main worries.

Of 108 people questioned, 70 said they were satisfied with the local policing service and had no concerns, while 17 raised council-related issues.

But the remainder said the greatest concern was speeding drivers, with 12 per cent of all those spoken to highlighting the problem.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “We try to speak to people on a one-to-one basis to find out what really concerns them in their community so we can look at the issues raised and find ways of resolving them with our partners.

“Speeding remains a priority and as part of Operation Go Slow the neighbourhood team regularly monitors speeding in various locations as a result of residents’ concerns.

“This allows us to target motorists in the areas highlighted by the community, providing a high profile presence, helping to deter speeding and providing advice to drivers where appropriate.”

Last month 13 locations were visited locally, with 946 vehicles checked. Seven were found to be speeding and issued with warnings.

Sgt Wilmore-Greaves said: “Drivers should reduce their speed and be aware of other traffic, particularly slow farm traffic, crossing the country routes during the summer holidays.

“Drivers should take notice of the road conditions and the additional hazards mud and surface water can create.”