FENLANDER: More volunteers sought for Speedwatch group covering March, Chatteris and Whittlesey

MORE volunteers are being sought to help combat speeding in March and the surrounding area.

Seven people have recently joined the Speedwatch group that covers March, Chatteris and Whittlesey but police are keen to attract more to enable them to hold more regular checks.

Last month’s meeting of the March Neighbourhood Panel made it one of the police’s three priorities for the next three months. It has also been highlighted recently by people in Chatteris and Manea.

PCSO Rachael Cheverton, who coordinates the March Speedwatch group, said: “We are keen to involve as many members of the public as possible.

“The ideal team at each Speedwatch event is four people. This gives us the extra pairs of eyes we need to help us spot vehicles and note their details. We provide the equipment and all the necessary training.”

Councillor David Oliver, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for community safety, said: “Speeding is regularly identified as a key concern across the district. Joining a Speedwatch group is one practical way that concerned residents can play their part in making their neighbourhoods safer.”

Speedwatch events are organised by the police in conjunction with volunteers. Particular locations are prompted by complaints from residents or PCSOs’ own observations.

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Two events have been held in March this month – one in Wisbech Road and another in Burrowmoor Road. A number of motorists were clocked exceeding the speed limits. Their number plates have been checked with the police national computer and the registered owners identified. They have all been sent warning letters.

If you would like to get involved with March’s Speedwatch group, contact PCSO Rachael Cheverton at march.npt@cambs.pnn.police.uk or call her on 101 extension 6461.