Watch your speed

Pictured monitoring traffic on Merlin Way are (left to right) PC Johm Main, PCSO Paul Devonport and PC Claire Elliott.
Pictured monitoring traffic on Merlin Way are (left to right) PC Johm Main, PCSO Paul Devonport and PC Claire Elliott.
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SPEEDING motorists have been targeted during a police operation on a busy estate.

Officers from Hartlepool’s North and Coastal Neighbourhood Policing Team spent time on Friday afternoon in Merlin Way, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, after concerns were raised by members of the public about speeding vehicles on that road.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The scheme was managed and run by Neighbourhood Policing teams and fully trained volunteers from the local community to monitor and address public concerns in respect of vehicle speeds in their local area.”

The volunteers worked alongside Cleveland Police officers in areas up to a 40mph limit to operate roadside checks using a simple speed indicator device and road signage to identify vehicles which exceeded the limit.

During each roadside check, registration numbers of vehicles exceeding the speed limit were recorded and a letter will be sent to the registered owner informing them that their vehicle has been noted and asking them to stick to the speed limit in future.

Officers say if the same registration number is logged a second time within a Community Speedwatch area, the owner will receive another letter informing them if they continue to break the speed limit their details will be passed onto the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, who may take further action.

It was the second community speedwatch exercise carried out in Merlin Way in recent weeks.

On February 26, 121 vehicles passed, four of which were slightly over the 30mph limit and those drivers were sent a warning letter.