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Thamesmead residents get involved in police road watch

PUBLISHED: 09:08 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:08 11 December 2014

Thamesmead Road Watch

Thamesmead Road Watch

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The initiative aims to combat traffic crime in the area

Thamesmead residents took part in a new initiative to reduce road traffic offences and crime in the local area and used the speed camera. Drivers are educated about driving standards without penalising them with points on their licence - a scheme that has worked well in other police forces.

PC Chris Molnar from the Thamesmead East Safer Neighbourhoods Team said: “We have spoken to many Thamesmead residents and one thing they wanted was to be more involved with police activity to ensure the safety of their community. Thamesmead Road Watch is one such initiative to combat road traffic offences and crime in the area.”

Although the residents cannot stop vehicles or issue speeding tickets, they are able to supply police with hotspot areas and registration numbers of those driving too fast for the area. These drivers are then sent a letter advising them that they have breached the speed limit and warned of the consequences if they do it again.

PC Molnar said: “I know that some readers will scoff at offenders being sent a letter but we also need to educate drivers as well as using enforcement.

“Take Yarnton Way, most people think it’s a 40 miles-per-hour road, but it’s not, it’s a 30.”

On December 4 residents were shown how to use the speed camera and put it to the test on Yarnton Way. Within an hour the team took 85 readings ranging from 20mph to 50mph. Those speeding have already received their warning letters.

And the police would like others to get involved, saying that new members are the road watch team welcome. The next date for Thamesmead Road Watch will be December 22 at 7pm. To get involved call the Thamesmead team on 020 8721 2049 or email Thamesmead.SNT@met.police.uk

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