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Community told to report speeding drivers in Barton

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

Residents have been urged to tell police about speeding drivers in Barton

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Claims of under policing in Barton have been slammed by beat officers in the area who insist they are making progress in stamping out dangerous driving.

Police have reacted angrily to comments from councillors of drivers using roads around Barton and Tredworth as a ‘race track’.

City councillor Usman Bhaimia said police could be doing more to help ban speeding offences.

But police sergeant Tim Wood said the public is not reporting all offences they see.

In the last year, police have received just three reports of alleged motoring offences in Alfred Street and just two more in India Road.

PS Wood said: “Only three of these incidents in the last 12 months could be connected to speed.

“From this information alone it would not be reasonable for us to conclude there is a speeding issue, or indeed a problem with ‘boy racers’, in either of these roads.

“Furthermore, in the last 12 months’ worth of community consultations carried out as part of the Local Priority Panel, Alfred Street and India Road have never been identified as suffering from speeding issues.

“While I am concerned the public may not be coming forward to talk to us, and I would strongly urge people to do so, I am very disappointed that councillor Bhaimia is making such comments without making any attempts to come and discuss the issue with us.

“I would repeat my encouragement to councillor Bhaimia and residents in the area to come and talk to us about the issue so we can take steps to identify its full extent. We need to find what the cause is, and agree on some steps towards a solution.”

In December, an alleged speeding driver in Alfred Street was stopped by police and warned. In the same street, a near miss with a cyclist and a van was reported in April. But an incorrect report of the vehicles registration stopped police from following up the incident.

This month, also in Alfred Street, a collision between a van and a motorcyclist was attributed to a manoeuvre rather than speeding. Both parties exchanged details at the scene and no one was injured.

In March, India Road had a report of a van speeding towards a pedestrian, with no registration details offered to police, and this month saw a collision between two vehicles. Police said speed was not thought to be a factor.

In Tuesday’s Citizen, Cllr Bhaimia claimed there had been a noticeable drop in the number of police on the streets of Barton in recent months.

The claims were flatly denied by police who have called on residents to bring their concerns to the next police panel meeting.

Said Hansdot, city councillor for Barton and Tredworth, said: “I have always said that people should report crime to police as soon as they see it. If it isn’t reported, then nothing can be done to improve the situation.”

The panel meeting is taking place on Wednesday, July 2 at 6.30pm at Barton Street police station. To report incidents in the area to police, call 101, visit Barton Street police station or email them at Gloucester.LPA.Communities@gloucestershire.police.uk.

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 23 2014, 12:49AM

    What is referred to is the strategic approach, not petty speeding complaints! For that sort of thing you just ring the 101 number. Unless, of course, you're one of those people who thinks he's so important he rings Richard Branson personally if his cable tv goes on the blink!

  • P_I_Staker  |  May 22 2014, 4:40PM

    RoadWombat if your boss asked you to do something I think you would get it done or you will be looking for a new job may I quote you from https://http://tinyurl.com/d5mb4tb - "Contact your police and crime commissioner (PCC) to make a suggestion or a complaint on how your local area is policed."

  • Kay_Powell  |  May 22 2014, 4:34PM

    It is utterly pointless to report a speeding motorist to the police, as an officer has to witness the crime taking place. This is just an attempt by the police to try to blame the public for the police's own lack of action.

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 22 2014, 2:12PM

    P_I_Staker - why on earth would you be calling upon the PCC to deal with it? It has NOTHING to do with him as it's an operational matter and therefore something for the Chief Constable.

  • MikeMorrisOBE  |  May 22 2014, 12:14PM

    Surely the police would need to be on the spot to catch the speeders, so what's the point of reporting incidents after the evnt. Sergeant Tim Wood can jump up and down as much as he likes, the plain fact is that his officers are very rarely seen in the area and are not going to catch anyone on foot. Like P_I_Staker said, do some spot checks for tax and insurane and make like a little less easy for the naughty people.

  • cosmicc  |  May 22 2014, 10:22AM

    ... and perhaps a few tickets on the stupidly parked cars near the Co-Op and Post Office would be a good idea.

  • P_I_Staker  |  May 22 2014, 9:58AM

    Dear Mr Surl how about you do a few speed enforcement days for the residents of linden as our roads are far to often used as rat runs by speeding motorists. you could also do a check on peoples tax, insurance and MOT at the same time?

  • cosmicc  |  May 22 2014, 9:33AM

    Add Seymour Road to that

  • P_I_Staker  |  May 22 2014, 8:17AM

    If I reported all the speeding I see in Linden (especially King Edwards avenue) then they would have to employ an extra office just to cope with the number of reports I could submit in a day!