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Suffolk: New crime commissioner Tim Passmore pledges to review A140 speed camera in Brome

10:00 30 November 2012

Parish councillors Mike Ager and Janet Norman-Philips at the junction of the A140 and B1077 at Brome where a young mother was killed in a road accident. They are complaining that the speed camera on that junction is out of use.

Parish councillors Mike Ager and Janet Norman-Philips at the junction of the A140 and B1077 at Brome where a young mother was killed in a road accident. They are complaining that the speed camera on that junction is out of use.

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SUFFOLK’S new crime commissioner has pledged to review the turning off of a county speed camera after the death of a young mother.

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Tim Passmore was speaking after parish chiefs hit out over the decommissioning of a device on the A140, near its junction with the B1077 in Brome.

Jessica Winterborn, 24, from Harleston, Norfolk, died after the Peugeot 306 she was driving collided with a lorry near the junction on Tuesday.

Redlingfield Parish Council - despite there being no indication at this stage that excess speed was a factor in the crash - has called for the camera to be turned back on.

Parish clerk Janet Norman-Philip said: “We have been campaigning for several months now for the speed safety camera on the A140 at Brome to be turned back on as we were convinced that without it, this accident blackspot would claim more lives or cause serious injury.

“Sadly it now seems that our worst fears have come to pass with the tragic death of a young mother.

“We believe this accident should never have happened and we also believe that had the camera been turned back on, that the chances of this death occurring would have been vastly reduced.”

Suffolk Road Safety Partnership last year decided to keep two cameras at Benhall (A12) and Coddenham (A140) and turn off four others, including the one on the A140 at Brome.

Mr Passmore, who was elected as Suffolk’s first police and crime commissioner earlier this month, said: “I’m very happy to review, with the constabulary and other partners, the future of the camera once we have got the evidence through over what the cause of the accident was.

“If people have particular concerns in other areas I’m quite happy to have a look at those too.

“Funding does always come into it but when it’s people’s lives then that makes a difference and we have to have a good reason not to turn it back on.”

Earlier this year Ms Norman-Philip said data used in the decision to turn off the Brome camera was flawed. A report that went before Suffolk Police Authority said there had been one slight injury crash at the junction since 2000, while Redlingfield Parish Council said there had been nine death or serious injury crashes over that period.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “At this early stage we cannot speculate about the causes of this collision and are not able to say whether or not speed was a contributing factor.”

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3 comments

  • I am disgusted at the blatent use of this young woman's tragic death by the parish councillors in their desire to see the speed camera reinstated. As the article rightly says, there is no indication as yet that inappropriate speed was a factor in this accident. It could equally have been innattentivenes, poor vision, mechanical failure or one of a dozen as yet unconsidered factors.This attempt to make political capital from the death of a young mother is utterly reprehensible.

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    Sudders

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Why didn't the hoc council and police simply leave the camera in place without the bag over it? Using it as a dummy would go some way to improve matters until the camera can be put back in service. There is no need to bag over a camera, what possible purpose does that serve?

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    BILLY LEWINS

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Sudders You beat me to it.When I first read the article I thought the same. Well stated.

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    Penelope Pitstop

    Friday, November 30, 2012

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