Speeding drivers in police sights

Police have speeding motorists in their sights.

Extra officers were out on patrol throughout January to check the speed of motorists at 15 sites across the Morpeth sector where residents had raised concerns, including Widdrington, Cambo, Longhorsley, Stannington and Longhirst, as well as areas outside schools.

In total 1,071 vehicles were checked and two warnings were issued.

It follows concerns about motorists travelling faster than 30mph on roads through towns, villages and hamlets.

The initiative also involved a partnership operation on January 27 with HM Revenue & Customs in response to reports of two thefts of diesel.

The team visited four locations across the Morpeth area where vehicles were stopped and checked for road traffic offences and had their fuel tanks dipped for red diesel.

More than 20 vehicles were stopped, with no offences recorded. Further operations will take place in the next two months.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “Speeding motorists are one of the things residents of Morpeth and the surrounding villages are most worried about and we’re committed to tackling the issues of most concern.

“There were almost 1,100 cars stopped during the operation and out of those checked, only two needed to be warned about their speed. That’s reassuring and shows the message about how dangerous speeding is, is getting through to the majority of drivers on the road.

“We’re not complacent and we’ll continue to carry out operations to ensure motorists are aware speeding will not be tolerated in towns and villages in the area.

“It’s important for drivers to be aware of speed limits. If people are caught driving at excessive speeds they can expect enforcement action.”

The activity took place as part of Northumbria Police’s road safety campaign Operation Dragoon.