Police poised to target Stanground speeders

By ET Staff
ACTION is to be taken to tackle motorists who put lives at risk by speeding along residential streets.
Officers will tackle the problem in Stanground, Peterborough, after residents complained that drivers continually flout the 30mph speed limit.

They are now drawing up an action plan to decide how they can clamp down on people who whiz along roads such as Coneygree Road, Oakdale Avenue and Lawson Avenue.

The decision was made at the latest neighborhood policing panel meeting for the area.

One Stanground resident, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said something desperately needed to be done to deal with the problem.

He said his cat had been killed by a motorist who, he believed, had been speeding.

He said: "The one thing that is never done by the police is stopping people speeding and people using our streets as race tracks.

"People think it is OK to speed down 30mph roads which kids and people walk along and cross all the time."

He said in his opinion the most badly affected roads included Mace Road, Oakdale Avenue, Polter Avenue and Mina Close.

He added: "If nothing is done, someone will get killed in these roads, animals included."

Peterborough City Councilor for Stanground Brian Rush agreed that there is a problem with speeding in Stanground.

He said problems arose when people cut through roads such as Oakdale Avenue, Coneygree Road and even Park Farm.

He said: "There is a real issue with rat-running
in the area.

"I would like to see police with speed guns tackling the issue."

Police said they are currently working out how to deal with the complaints. Neighborhood policing Sgt Dave Trippett said: "We will certainly see what we can do to tackle this problem.

"It was raised as an issue at the neighborhood policing panel meeting. We want to hear from anyone who has experienced these problems."

He said in addition to clamping down on speeding, officers plan to hold police surgeries and visit schools to offer crime prevention in a bid to foil thieves.

He said they would be focusing on cracking down on anti-social behavior, particularly in the Fellowes Gardens area of Fletton, which was among concerns raised at the meeting.

If you have noticed speeding in Stanground, call the Peterborough South police team on 0845 456 4564, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Last Updated: 02 July 2007 12:32 PM