Residents welcome speed check scheme

Police Cadets ready to help with speed checks in Fleetwood.
Police Cadets ready to help with speed checks in Fleetwood.

Fleetwood Police have been making sure the town’s 20mph speed limit is being adhered to - with the help of teenage Police Cadets.

Officers took speed monitoring equipment onto several roads in the town, including Hatfield Avenue where there have been several complaints about speeding traffic.

PC Lorna Bolton and PCSO Mike Joyner were joined by seven cadets aged 13-17 who were able to help in the use of the speed gun.

Fleetwood residents expressed mixed views about the initiative on the police’s Facebook site, with one user describing them as a “pathetic bunch”.

But many residents have supported the move.

Ivor Bould, who lives off Hatfield Avenue and is chairman of Fleetwood Neighbourhood Watch, said: “This is kind of thing is badly needed.

“If we are going to have a speed limit, there is no point unless efforts are made to implement it.

“Only this week cars were speeding down Hatfield and if they were doing 20mph, I’m a Dutchman!”

On the Fleetwood Police Facebook site, Neil Minto said: “If a kid got run over bay a car speeding in a 20 zone all hell would break loose. Good job, I say.”

The officers were able to take down the details of vehicles exceeding that speed for further action to be taken. The initiative has already proved successful in other parts of Lancashire.

A Fleetwood Police spokesman said: “These young cadets aged 13-17 are assisting in delivering this priority by helping to educate motorists.

“I wouldn’t class them as a pathetic bunch.

“Informing a family that their loved one has been badly injured or killed in an accident is dreadful, experiencing it must be your worst nightmare and therefore we feel it is an excellent initiative.”