Epping neighbours with speed guns tackle motoring problem

Volunteers from Epping training with a speed gun

Volunteers from Epping training with a speed gun

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Epping Forest

Neighbours are using speed guns to deter drivers from travelling too quickly in their streets.

Epping Police station in High Street, Epping, was the venue for a recent training session for a group of 16 residents concerned about the issue.

The Community Speedwatch volunteers were shown how to use the speed gun at Sunday’s session, by PC Andy Cook.

Jon Whitehouse, district councillor for Epping Hemnall, organised the training and said: “Speeding is an issue that comes up frequently from residents.

“The Communiuty Speedwatch scheme is not a magic bullet but it’s another part of tackling the problem alongside other highways measures.

“It has proved successful in Stanford Rivers so we wanted to try it in Epping.”

Community Speedwatch volunteers collect evidence of speeding drivers which they pass to the police who issue a warning letter.

Persistent offenders are identified by police for further attention.

A neighbourhood group in bumbles Green, Nazeing, is also currently campaigning for illuminated sign to indicate to drivers when they are travelling too fast.

There have been two incidents recently of drivers losing control and driving into a hedge and a garden fence.

There is more on this campaign in this week’s 'Speaking Out' feature.

To organise a Community Speedwatch training session contact Jon Whitehouse on 01992 561875.

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7:36am Tue 12 Aug 14

Kingfisher19 says...

Leave speeding motorists to the police to catch.
Leave speeding motorists to the police to catch. Kingfisher19
  • Score: 4

8:10am Tue 12 Aug 14

Havering says...

Can guarantee they'll be preaching "don't speed in our village" but you can bet your bottom dollar when they are behind the wheel of a car they don't stick to the speed limits elsewhere.
Can guarantee they'll be preaching "don't speed in our village" but you can bet your bottom dollar when they are behind the wheel of a car they don't stick to the speed limits elsewhere. Havering
  • Score: 2

8:58am Tue 12 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Kingfisher19 wrote:
Leave speeding motorists to the police to catch.
They will catch the wrong bloke one day and then they will need the real police.

If they want to play cops, the should join the Special Constabulary and do it properly.
[quote][p][bold]Kingfisher19[/bold] wrote: Leave speeding motorists to the police to catch.[/p][/quote]They will catch the wrong bloke one day and then they will need the real police. If they want to play cops, the should join the Special Constabulary and do it properly. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

3:25pm Tue 12 Aug 14

VillageIdiot69 says...

What is the point in doing this? Sending a warning letter? To what effect? The warning letter will have no legal standing whatsoever as the radar gun was being operated by an untrained civilian.

PC Cook's time would be better spent trying to catch real criminals.
What is the point in doing this? Sending a warning letter? To what effect? The warning letter will have no legal standing whatsoever as the radar gun was being operated by an untrained civilian. PC Cook's time would be better spent trying to catch real criminals. VillageIdiot69
  • Score: 2

10:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

VillageIdiot69 wrote:
What is the point in doing this? Sending a warning letter? To what effect? The warning letter will have no legal standing whatsoever as the radar gun was being operated by an untrained civilian.

PC Cook's time would be better spent trying to catch real criminals.
No , whilst they do his dirty work, he can be an the cafe.
[quote][p][bold]VillageIdiot69[/bold] wrote: What is the point in doing this? Sending a warning letter? To what effect? The warning letter will have no legal standing whatsoever as the radar gun was being operated by an untrained civilian. PC Cook's time would be better spent trying to catch real criminals.[/p][/quote]No , whilst they do his dirty work, he can be an the cafe. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

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