Villagers join the fight to slow down drivers

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VILLAGERS have joined with the police to tackle speeding in their communities.

A new scheme launches in Coddenham this month as part of the county-wide Community Speed Watch.

The scheme will see Coddenham residents volunteer with Mid Suffolk safer neighbourhood team (SNT) to reduce speeding.

Local people have been trained to use speed detection equipment to monitor the speed of motorists and record the number plates in a bid to reduce speeding on their village roads.

Suffolk Police then contact the drivers with a warning.

Tom Bowles, Coddenham volunteer co-ordinator, said: “Speeding greatly affects the quality of life in Coddenham, so many of us were very keen to work with the police to establish a community speed watch scheme.”

The equipment has been part-funded by Suffolk County Council through the Local Strategic Partnership and part-funded by money raised by the villagers and volunteers.

Pc Andy Pursehouse, from Mid Suffolk Central SNT, said: “It has been very satisfying to assist villagers in establishing their own community speed watch scheme.

“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.”

There are 21 active schemes in Suffolk, and more than 100 warning letters have been sent out to drivers since the beginning of this year.