Villagers take to the streets with speed guns

Launch of speedwatch campaign by residents of Walsham Le Willows''Pictured: Paul Leake holding the speed gun with residents and police

Launch of speedwatch campaign by residents of Walsham Le Willows''Pictured: Paul Leake holding the speed gun with residents and police

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A GROUP of villagers have taken it upon themselves to slow down drivers on the roads in Walsham-le-Willows.

Working alongside Mid Suffolk North Safer Neighbourhood Team, volunteers in the village launched a Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme on Monday in a bid to reduce speeding.

A team of 12 volunteers, led by co-ordinator Dr Alec Russell, have been trained to use specialist equipment to monitor the speed of motorists and record the number plates of speeding vehicles. Drivers are issued with warning letters by police and if two warning letters are sent then the driver can face prosecution.

Dr Russell said: “I am very pleased to have got this scheme up and running and am confident that our efforts to reduce speeding in the village will be very successful.

“It is encouraging that so many people in the village are willing to give up their free time to volunteer and help tackle this issue.”

PCSO Nicholas Kegge said: “Speeding is an issue that is raised with us time and again and although we conduct regular checks in the area, this initiative empowers communities to work together with the police to make their towns and villages safer.”

The initiative first launched in 2009 and there are now more than 300 CSW volunteers in Suffolk.