Speeding drivers targeted

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Speeding and inconsiderate drivers are being targeted in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the Alnwick area.

Officers have been working with community volunteers on a Speedwatch scheme as well as visiting local schools to reinforce safety messages to the drivers of the future.

The crackdown has the backing of the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, who is encouraging anyone concerned about anti-social behaviour to get in touch so action can be taken.

Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “Residents and local councillors at public forums have raised the issue of motorists driving at speed on rural roads causing a danger.

“As well as using our Community Speed Watch volunteers in Coquetdale, we’ve put local officers in rural villages with speed detection equipment and carried out joint operations with agencies including HM Customs and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

“Offending drivers have been issued warning letters, while repeat speeders have been prosecuted.”

He added: “We’re also using solar-powered roadside signs at speeding hotspots, warning motorists to slow down and respect local communities.”

The police campaign Report It To Sort It is aimed at encouraging people to report anti-social behaviour.