Cheshire police in speed crackdown
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Police in Cheshire have launched a new crackdown on speeding in the county, with officers set to use measures including a speed detector and a UK speedtrap system to snare speeding motorists.

The Cheshire Constabulary hopes to reduce the number of motoring offences around accident blackspots through the use of high-visibility foot patrols armed with a speed detector.

On Saturday, officers targeted the villages of Tarporley and Malpas. In the space of one morning, 15 drivers were stop checked, 16 were admonished for driving too fast and 17 drivers passed breath tests.

Furthermore, two drivers were penalised for motoring offences - one for not wearing a seatbelt, while the other picked up a speeding fine.

Police say that this was simply the latest instalment in a long series of operations that have been prompted by concerns raised by members of local communities.

PC Chris McCourt from the Dragon Hall station - who helped to organise the crackdown - remarked: "That's why it's important for us to continue with all efforts which help address these worries. A number of similar operations are already planned for the coming months."

He added that he hoped that residents felt reassured by the police's commitment to reducing the number of incidents in rural accident blackspot areas.

More officers from Dragon Hall will target country roads in the area in coordination with specialist road policing officers operating in Ellesmere Port & Neston, Vale Royal and the western side of Chester.

Recently, Cheshire police announced plans to use speeding signs designed by children on roads in Sandbach, as part of a "different approach" in trying to communicate the message to slow down to speeding motorists.

In other news related to speeding, a woman from Swansea has avoided going to jail after lying to police in order to avoid a speed camera fine. Glenda Askew responded to a notice of intended prosecution by saying she had died, in a letter purportedly signed by her daughter.

Police became suspicious and checked her story before charging her with perverting the course of justice.

However, in January, a speed camera fine was issued to a man seven months after he died. Despite his daughter sending the relevant death certificate to the speed camera enforcement unit, a letter was returned saying that the prosecution would continue as "mitigating circumstances cannot be considered", the Liverpool Echo reported.