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Volunteers to crack down on speeders

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Volunteers will be trained in how to use speed radar guns in a Fenland village’s mission to crack down on speeders.

Walsoken Parish Council aims to set up a Community Speed Watch group to tackle speeding in the village – and has launched an appeal for volunteers to help.

Working to police guidelines, the group would carry out speed checks on roads with 30mph and 40mph limits throughout the village.

Registration numbers of vehicles caught exceeding the speed limits will be recorded and forwarded to the police, who will then send out warning letters.

The group would need to be run by a minimum of six volunteers who are over 18 and can contribute a minimum of one hour per week.

The police would issue the group with a speed radar gun, two Community Speed Watch signs, reflective jackets and the relevant paperwork needed to carry out the speed checks.

Training in the use of the equipment and health and safety issues will also be given, free of charge.

One volunteer would act as co-ordinator and be the point of contact for the team and would be responsible for looking after the equipment.

Parish council clerk Annette Williams said: “We want to establish if there are enough local residents who might be interested in joining the Speed Watch scheme to get it off the ground.

“We would love anyone who is interested to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone interested in helping forming a group could they please contact Mrs Williams on 01945 466266 or clerk.walsoken@gmail.com

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