Police to monitor speed in busy Norwich street where car crashed into pub

Flashback - emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after a car crashed through the windows. Photo: Simon Finlay Flashback - emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after a car crashed through the windows. Photo: Simon Finlay

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
1:22 PM

The speed of traffic in an area where a car crashed into the side of a Norwich pub is to be monitored, police have revealed.

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Landlady Elizabeth Le Grice was forced to close the Golden Star pub in Colegate when a car went into the building during the busy evening rush-hour last month.

The pub, which is on the corner with Duke Street, reopened last week following the crash which is being investigated by police. It is not known if speed was a factor in the accident.

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Police have confirmed monitoring equipment is to be installed in the area as they look to tackle ongoing speeding issues in the area.

PCSO Jo Longstaff, from the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team, which has been looking to tackle speeding motorists in the area, said: “Tackling speeding issues on Duke Street has been a long term priority for us over several months and we have been looking at a number of resolutions.

“The Community and Partnerships team is currently organising the installation of monitoring equipment to allow the most effective deployment of speed enforcement officers to this location.”

Concerns about speeding in the area have been raised on behalf of people living in the area by Amy Stammers, a Green Norwich City councillor for Mancroft ward, who asked police to make speeding a priority before last month’s crash at the Golden Star.

She said: “It was brought to my specific attention earlier on this year, when a resident emailed me pictures of all the accidents that had occurred on this stretch of road over the years. It’s a miracle that no one has been severely injured or killed on this stretch of road.”

She said she hoped the monitoring would enable both the police and council to act.

“Hopefully this will mean the police can gain enough evidence for the council to be able to justify incorporating traffic calming measures on this street as a matter of priority, alongside the transport plans that are in the pipeline for this area.”

6 comments

  • The Inner Link Road is also a "Raceway" particularly Chapelfield Road and Queens Road Motor Cycles accelerating in a dangerous manner,and Cars also

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Considering the car has managed to retain enough velocity to smash through the front of the pub after turning through over ninety degrees, suggests to me it was going a fair old lick when it lost control. That piece of road has always been a race track. A lot of people do not obey speed limits but drive absolutely as fast as they think can get away with. They are often the people who are the most aggressive and think it's perfectly fine to send a text whilst driving or overtake on blind bends. Frankly I wish they would go and find a tree on some quiet road to wrap themselves around. Bad driving could be dealt with though, by the police using "Q" cars. If the idiots thought they might actually be being filmed by the police whilst driving like morons then perhaps they would think twice. It would never happen though - the stupid "I should be allowed to drive as fast as I like, to the rules I like" brigade would make too much fuss about it not being "fair"

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    Cyril the Canary

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • Like it or not, poor driving can't be effectively policed, only prosecuted against after the case. It's a simple formulae: If you will insist on driving like a monkey, we'll reduce the speed limit so when the inevitable does happen,at least the impact is lessened. You only have yourselves to blame, if more peopled showed a bit more patience, due care and courtesy, monitoring such as this wouldn't be necessary.

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    frank young

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • About time too ! Cars regularly speed down the length of Duke Street,and the pavement far too narrow for pedestrians!

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • It confrims they dont know if speed was a facor parkeg1 not it wasnt a factor. Personally after working down there for 10 years i think its a good idea, you would constanly see idiots flooring it down there at stupid speeds.

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    parked8

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

  • So speed wasn't thought to be involved in this incident but they will look at the speed of cars travelling on Duke Street, Why? You only have to look at the angle of this car to know someone has done something stupid or was taken ill. The Greens think we should all have a man walking in front of our cars waving a flag, because that would be really good for everybody, but is you slow down traffic it will increase the pollution that come out of the back cars which isn't very green. When the council say they are looking at a number of resolutions, it means the road will be cursed soon with bumps, not very imaginative but then this is NCC.

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    parkeg1

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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