Nov 23 2004
By Kirsti Adair, Liverpool Echo

FED-UP residents will be trained to operate speed guns to stop drivers turning their village into a rat run.

Around 40 people from Thornton Hough in Wirral will start training with police over the next two weeks, after a number of near misses caused by cars speeding through the village.

Officers hope residents can help them crack down on people breaking the 30mph limit.

The recruits will wear luminous vests and stand at the side of the road in pairs at danger times identified by police.

One will record the speed of cars, while the other takes down the registration number.

Although residents will not have powers to prosecute drivers, their evidence will be passed to police.