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[Forum] Too many drivers ignoring speed limit at Willow Brook Centre

Posted on Saturday 17th November 2012 at 8:17 pm by k (Forum)

Car park at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

I sat waiting in the car at the far end of the car park at Willow Brook Centre this lunch time. Hubby took the trolley back. The number of cars that were ignoring the 10mph speed limit was worrying. One woman in a small silver car went past revving her engine very loud, just looking to the side.

Made me wonder that now the car park will be busier with pedestrians, how long before some one gets seriously injured, with a life changing injury?


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New recruits for Community Speed Watch team

Posted on Wednesday 9th November 2011 at 12:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Community Speed Watch volunteers

The Bradley Stoke police team has reported a surge in people volunteering to become members of the town’s Community Speed Watch initiative, with the number involved set to double by the end of the month.

The team was formed with the minimum required six members in July, following several years of appeals for people to come forward (we reported in 2009).

Interest in the initiative was boosted after a 13-year-old child was seriously injured in a collision with a motorcycle on Bradley Stoke Way at the end of September.

PCSOs Jason Green and Kirsty McKillop have arranged for training of Speed Watch volunteers, with ten so far trained, and another six to be trained on 23rd November.

In the three months since setting up at the end of July, 78 motorists have been identified by Speed Watch volunteers as travelling well above the maximum speed limit of 40mph on Bradley Stoke Way, with recorded speeds varying from 47 to 62 mph. All offenders are said to have been sent warning letters about offending.

More: At least five prosecutions for speeding in October »

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Speed Watch volunteers accused of “hiding” behind road sign

Posted on Friday 16th September 2011 at 8:47 am by SH (Editor)

Community Speed Watch volunteers on Bradley Stoke Way

A Bradley Stoke motorist is claiming that police and community volunteers carrying out speed checks in the area have been improperly “hiding” behind road signs and bushes during their monitoring operations.

Mark Setterfield, 26, claims that members of the recently formed Community Speed Watch team and assisting PCSOs are violating police guidelines that require speed traps to be clearly visible to drivers and says warning signs should be displayed to warn drivers that checks are being made.

Mr Setterfield told The Journal of an incident last Saturday afternoon in which two volunteers and a PCSO were carrying out a check on Bradley Stoke Way, close to the Patchway Brook Round (near Pizza Hut and Aldi). After passing the speed trap, which he claims was not visible because the volunteers and police officer were “hiding” behind the pillars of a road sign, he returned to take a photograph (reproduced above).

He also says that a week earlier he noticed volunteers operating a speed trap “in the bushes” further down Bradley Stoke Way, close to the Willow Brook Centre.

In the latest incident, Mr Setterfield says he asked the PCSO why the team were “hiding” behind the road sign, to which the response was: “we’re not hiding and we needed something to lean on while doing this.”

When the motorist said he would be sending a report to the press, the PCSO said “there’s no need for that” and the team quickly packed up their equipment.

Mr Setterfied said:

“I feel it is disgusting that normal everyday people of the community are put through these unauthorised police tactics.”

Read on for a reaction from Avon and Somerset Police »

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Community Speed Watch gets underway in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 18th July 2011 at 8:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Community Speed Watch volunteers

The local beat team have announced that a Community Speed Watch scheme is about to commence in Bradley Stoke.

The news was first revealed at last Tuesday’s Safer and Stronger Communities Group meeting and was confirmed today in an announcement on the police website.

The local police team have been looking to set up a scheme since at least June 2009 (we reported) and appealed once again for volunteers earlier this year.

The initiative has now been given the go-ahead after the requisite sixth volunteer came forward and scheme members will now be trained in the use of speed detection devices, after which they will be free to conduct speed checks around town.

Volunteers will record details of speeding vehicles and pass these to the police for action.

Any threats or intimidation towards the volunteers will be dealt with as a criminal matter, warn the police.

Anyone else interested in joining the Speed Watch is invited to get in touch with the local beat team.

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