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Appeal over speeding

PUBLISHED: 15:06 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:39 07 July 2010

Town bosses have launched an appeal to help cut the number of speeding motorists on Dereham's roads - but they need your help.

Dereham Town Council is hoping to set up a community speed watch group, which would see ordinary townsfolk armed with a police speed check cameras taking to the town's streets.

Town bosses have launched an appeal to help cut the number of speeding motorists on Dereham's roads - but they need your help.

Dereham Town Council is hoping to set up a community speed watch group, which would see ordinary townsfolk armed with a police speed check cameras taking to the town's streets.

They would be able to head out onto speeding hotspots in the town and do their bit to help cut speeds and make the town's roads safer.

Lynda Turner, town mayor, said: “The town council is committed to trying to address some of the traffic issues in Dereham and we are keen to set up a speed watch team.

“We need a minimum of 12 people and a co-ordinator and would like to appeal for volunteers. The key thing is having enough volunteers and people would not have to do it in the road in which they live.”

Speeds would be recorded using the equipment, with which the volunteers would have training to use. Anyone caught speeding with the cameras would be sent a letter by the police.

“It is really a deterrent,” said Mrs Turner. Hot spots in the town are Norwich Road, Crown Road and Hillcrest Avenue, she said.

“Hillcrest Avenue is one of the ones that come to town council meetings a lot. People use it as a rat run. Crown Road gets used by boy racers and we know about Norwich Road.

“If any residents have any other areas they are concerned about they can let us know and we will be able to take a look at those as well.”

If anyone would like to help and become a volunteer, with full training, contact the town council on 01362 693821.

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