SPEEDING drivers got a grilling from a panel of unforgiving youngsters as part of a police operation in South Marston.
Five children from South Marston Primary School were picked to talk to drivers who were caught exceeding the 30mph limit in Old Vicarage Lane and Highworth Road between 8am and 10.30am yesterday.
Officers from the rural north neighbourhood policing team also carried out speed checks in Blunsdon on Thursday and over the course of the two days issued 14 verbal warnings, three fixed penalty notices and one driver reached the points limit and must report to magistrates’ court.
One motorist, who refused to give her name, was caught doing 34mph and was asked why she was speeding and whether being confronted made her stop to think.
The 44-year-old businesswoman said: “I was running late for work and was in a rush but I made myself even later so I haven’t achieved anything.
“I should’ve left earlier and this has definitely made me think.”
Nine-year-old Jake, who walks home from school, said: “I think people shouldn’t speed because it could cause a serious accident.”
Harry, 10, said: “We showed them that they shouldn’t drive fast because it is dangerous.”
PC Marc Jackson, community beat manager for rural north, said: “The operation is in response to a highlighted concern from local residents and parish councillors in regards to vehicles speeding thorough the village at peak times.
“As a result it is one of the priorities for the neighbourhood police team to address in the rural north area of Swindon.
“The local school is situated on one of the busy roads, and at peak times children will often be walking through the village on route to school.
“Some areas of the village do not have pavements, so the children are at risk from speeding traffic as they have to walk on the road.
“They learned about stopping distances for vehicles at different speeds, understanding roads signs and identifying safe places to cross the road.
“Hopefully, the scheme made drivers stop and think for a moment about the potential risks they pose while driving at excess speed.”
Happy New year to all the residents of South Marston.
Some of you may have noticed more Police presence than usual during December, this was due to a number of thefts from the Industrial estate on Thornhill Rd. Offenders had targeted the estate a number of times and removed quanties of diesel. Please can we ask that if you notice any persons or vehicles which appear to be acting suspiciously in that area, especially during the evenings, please call us on 0845 408 7000.
Also, there was a number of incidents at the South Marston, where youths have managed to get into the guest area of the Hotel, and have been causing Anti social behaviour, by banging on guests doors and being verbally rude. Please can I ask those you who have children, especially teenagers, to remind them that although the hotel welcomes them, please can they act in a respectable manner.
On 28/01/2011 at 7pm, there will be a Police surgery at South Marston Hotel. Please come along to discuss any issues you may have or just to meet the team.
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Phone: 0845 4087000 or 01793 762185
Wiltshire Police Authority are undertaking an eight week consultation about future plans of policing in Wiltshire, in line with the requirement to save up to £15 million over the next four years due to cuts in funding.
We are asking members of the public to read about these plans and to give their views via a short questionnaire, accessible via the homepage of the Wiltshire Police Authority website homepage: www.wiltshire-pa.gov.uk
We would very much appreciate your support in this important consultation exercise about the future of policing in Wiltshire.