Withersdale: Community speed watch team will be keeping an eye on drivers

A similar scheme already operates in many villages across Suffolk, including Redgrave

A similar scheme already operates in many villages across Suffolk, including Redgrave - Credit: Contributed

DRIVERS speeding through a north Suffolk village will need to think twice as a new community team will be out with radar guns.

Withersdale Community Speed Watch Scheme is being launched tomorrow after concerns from homeowners about cars breaking the speed limit.

The project will also include Mendham, near Harleston, Norfolk, and will see groups of volunteers out patrolling the area.

Community Speed Watch co-ordinator Stewart Orr said: “It’s great to see the local support for the project. Our aim is to make motorists aware of speed restrictions and the attendant safety implications, not merely to catch as many motorists as we can. If we catch only a few and the speed problem is improved, we will be very satisfied.”

Details of speeding vehicles will be passed to police and a letter sent to the owner of the vehicle.

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PCSO Steven Long from Mid Suffolk North Safer Neighbourhood Team, who has helped to establish the scheme, said: “Speeding is an issue that is at the heart of many local communities and this scheme offers a partnership approach to tackling the problem.

“It allows the residents of Withersdale and Mendham to take an active part in speed reduction allowing the police to follow up with education and enforcement.” Funding for the project has come from county councillor Guy McGregor’s locality budget. Anyone interested call PCSO Long on 101.

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