Volunteers wanted to join speeding campaign

Volunteers are being encouraged to step forward and help keep speeding motorists at bay.

The successful Northumbria Police Community Speed Watch Scheme (CSW) in Rothbury is being expanded into other areas of Northumberland.

People can now apply to be a CSW volunteer in various locations throughout the Alnwick, Berwick, Morpeth and Hexham policing sectors.

They will be given training, support and specialist equipment to monitor the speed of cars.

Under the CSW scheme, anyone found speeding will receive a police and community letter, letting them know that the local community does not tolerate speeding. If the same driver is identified a number of times then officers will make contact with the driver and action may be taken.

Chief Inspector Aidan Sloan of Northumberland Area Command said he was delighted that the scheme was being extended to other parts of the county.

Anyone interested in becoming a CSW volunteer who would like more information about the scheme or being a Special Constable should visit www.northumbria.police/communityspeedwatch

Alternatively, go along to an information event. These are taking place on Tuesday, at Hadston House, 4pm to 6pm, and Pegswood Miners Welfare, 7pm to 9pm.

On Wednesday, there will be a session at Hepscott Village Hall, 4pm to 6pm, and Middleton Village Hall, 7pm to 9pm.

Rothbury’s Jubilee Hall will host an event on Monday, April 29, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

A session takes place at The Plough, Powburn, on Tuesday, April 30, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

At a recent Belford Parish Council meeting, Sgt Andy Pullen told members that he was starting a recruitment campaign for seven Speed Watch volunteers to cover a 700-square mile patch from Seahouses to Wooler.

Events were held in Wooler and Belford earlier this week.