19th Oct, 2019

Police urge Bromsgrove residents to report speeding incidents

BROMSGROVE Police have urged any residents concerned about speeding and dangerous driving on roads in the district to contact the force.

Sgt Liam Bennett was responding to claims raised by Labour Group leader Dr Michael Thompson, who is standing as a candidate for Charford in the Bromsgrove District Council elections in May.

Sgt Bennett said: “We have not been made aware of any issues in Rock Hill or Charford relating to speeding or dangerous driving but if anyone has any issues we would urge them to get in touch.”

Dr Thompson claimed several residents had contacted him about issues in Lyttleton Avenue, Salwarpe Road, Charford Road, Wheatridge Road, Rock Hill, Breakback Road, Foxwalks Avenue, Humphrey Avenue, Austin Road and others.

“Boy racers and other irresponsible drivers are using our roads like race tracks – the speed limit is regularly ignored.

“We have volunteered to do speed checks via speed watch groups and have heard every excuse from ‘there is not a problem’ to ‘the road isn’t straight enough’.”

Mum-of-three Rachel Tannette, one of the residents to have contacted Dr Thompson, told The Standard: “The problem has got to the stage where I’m scared to let my children go out and when they do I tell them to stay on the pavement.

“On several occasions, on Salwarpe Road and Lyttleton Avenue, my children had near misses from dangerous drivers.

“In the end I decided to move to protect my children from dangerous drivers.”

A Safer Bromsgrove spokesperson confirmed the issue would be discussed at its next meeting to assess the scale of the problem.

“However residents should report their concerns to their local Policing Safer Neighbourhood Team or to their parish councillor who will raise these on their behalf with the West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership.”

Anyone concerned about speeding levels on the roads mentioned or others in the district should call Bromsgrove Police on 101.

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