Speed team will target more town roads now

Stef Douglas station manager, Sir Edward Garnier, Pcso Natalie Duvnjak and Pc Malc olm Roberts on Lubenham Hill.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Stef Douglas station manager, Sir Edward Garnier, Pcso Natalie Duvnjak and Pc Malc olm Roberts on Lubenham Hill.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Police tackling speeding cars at one Market Harborough hot-spot now plan to target even more town roads after the success of its recent operation on Lubenham Hill.

The police’s ‘speed team’ will now move on to roads like the tempting downhill section of Kettering Road, between the A6 and the Clack Hill railway bridge.

Other roads that could be targeted include the Leicester Road entrance to Market Harborough and Burnmill Road, which runs past Robert Smyth Academy.

PC Malc Roberts, of Harborough police, said: “From consultation, Harborough people have told us that speeding traffic is a particular concern. We are now going to be doing a lot more of this anti-speeding work.”

Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier joined police and fire service officers at Lubenham Hill last Friday, to see the anti-speeding operation for himself.

“A number of Lubenham Hill residents came to see me at my advice surgery about vehicles speeding,” he explained.

“I wrote to Insp Louise Cordiner and she asked me if I’d like to come along to an [anti-speeding] operation.”

Cars slightly over the 30mph speed limit were stopped and shown videos about the dangers of speeding and the rest of the “fatal four” dangers – no seat belts, drink-driving and phoning or texting while at the wheel.

Two motorists significantly over the speed limit were slapped with speeding tickets.

Sir Edward said: “The videos were very effective, especially one that showed a young driver texting, based on a real incident in Wales.

“That resulted in two girls being killed in one car, and a baby and a parent in another.

“The police aren’t simply setting out to catch people, but to make people aware of the possible consequences of speeding in a residential area.”

He added: “I’m not being sanctimonious about this. I’ve been caught speeding myself, and so have many others.

“We all need to be careful and think about the consequences of speeding.

“If you hit someone while travelling at 36 or 37 miles an hour, the chances of killing them are several times higher than if you’re only doing 30mph.”

Police in Market Harborough have been monitoring the speed of traffic at Lubenham Hill since last month, after responding to complaints from householders.

Resident Tony Fenn captured film footage of speeding traffic outside his home.