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Over 300 speeding offences recorded in Longtown

322 motorists have been caught speeding in Longtown Credit: PA

In the last three months, police have issued 322 notices of intended prosecution (NIP) for speeding offences in Longtown.

The highest speed an offending vehicle has been caught at 60mph, double the speed limit on that stretch of the A7.

Police were responding to concerns by local residents to clamp down on speeding motorists.

“Following the work we have conducted, it is clear that there is a large scale non-compliance issue for the 30mph speed limit within Longtown. On one of our deployments we found that 87 vehicles were travelling over the speed limit. This is simply not acceptable as lives are being put at risk due to reckless speeding in a built-up area."

– Sergeant Katie Rickerby


Cumbria Police to recruit volunteers to help tackle speeding

Police are asking for volunteers to help crackdown on speeding Credit: Patrick Pleul/DPA/Press Association Images

Police are calling for volunteers to help tackle speeding in West Cumbria.

The new recruits will work as a team to educate locals about the risks of speeding and monitor speed at high risk locations.

All volunteers will be trained to carry out the role.

We are extremely excited to pilot this scheme in West Cumbria and feel the communities we serve, will see the benefits of this new initiative.”

– West Cumbria Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

Community speed watch

Parents take law enforcement into their own hands Credit: ITV News Border

Parents in Whitehaven are so fed up of motorists speeding outside a primary school that they've taken law enforcement into their own hands.

The group have been loaned a speed gun by Cumbria Police to record the registrations of anyone breaking the speed limit as they pass Hensingham Primary School. The information is then passed on to police, who will write to the driver telling them to slow down.


Cumbria drivers urged to stick to speed limit

The Highways Agency and emergency services in Cumbria are urging drivers to stick to temporary speed limits on motorways.

They've released footage of a lorry on the M6 crashing through cones and narrowly missing a breakdown vehicle. Eight people died while working on England's motorways and major A-roads between 2009 and 2013.

It's hoped the campaign will encourage drivers to slow down and respect roadworkers:

110mph speeding driver

Police in the Scottish Borders detected a 24 year old localmale driving in excess of 110 mph on the A6091 Melrose by-pass (60mphrestriction) in the early hours of Saturday 26th May morning.

The driver has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal and will appear at court on a future date. A Police spokesperson said:

“It is very disappointing that a small minority of drivers feel that it is appropriate to drive at excessive speeds putting themselves, their passengers and other road users in danger. We carry out regular patrols and speed checks and will deal with offenders appropriately.”

– Lothian and Borders Police