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Police say Lakenham speeding reduced

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:14 01 July 2010

Children from Lakenham primary school help Norfolk Police catch speeders near their school last month

Children from Lakenham primary school help Norfolk Police catch speeders near their school last month

The problem of speeding has been reduced in Lakenham and Tuckswood after schoolchildren helped police to tell drivers about the problems.

The problem of speeding has been reduced in Lakenham and Tuckswood after schoolchildren helped police to tell drivers about the problems.

There had been concern from residents about speeding drivers on City Road, Harford Street, Hall Road, Cyprus Street, Sandy Lane, Victoria Street, Ashby Street and Birbeck Road.

Over the past few months police have carried out several speed checks and have also worked with local schools. On two of the speed checks, drivers who were caught speeding had the option of being talked to by the pupils or being issued a fixed-penalty notice.

A police spokesman said: "The team found by using local schoolchildren to assist police in delivering the message about speeding it has had a noticeable effect on drivers' attitudes."

At the recent Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meeting, it was agreed that this priority had been successfully tackled, although there is now a new priority to deal with speeding along Ashby Street, Beeching Road, Holls Lane and Southwell Road.

Residents had also raised concern about prostitution. Police met with staff from the Matrix Project, which works to help sex workers. There have been high-visibility patrols to deal with kerb crawlers and there has been a drop in reports of prostitution in the area.

There have also been extra patrols to deal with antisocial behaviour along roads such as Lakenham Road, St Stephen's, Grove Road and Mansfield Lane, and follow-up visits to the people affected.

The new priorities for the safer neighbourhood team, as well as speeding, are tackling antisocial behaviour, including drug taking, in Jubilee Park, Long John Hill, Springbank, Birbeck Road and the surrounding area, and looking at parking issues along Kings Lane and Grove Road.

Ü Call your local team on 0845 456 4567 or email SNTLakenham@ norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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