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SIDMOUTH: Police tackle speeding

Thursday, 12 December 2013

POLICE have responded to the public’s concerns about speeding in the Sidmouth area.
During a recent “have your say’ surgery session with police at the Waitrose supermarket, members of the public highlighted their concerns about speeding in the local area.
In response to this, Sidmouth rural policce team has concentrated its efforts in recent weeks on speed monitoring and looking out for drivers using mobile phones while driving and vehicle occupants not wearing seat belts.
A Sidmouth police spokesperson said:?“We have started to regularly monitor speed in Sidford High Street and at other hot spots in the area including Exmouth Road in Newton Poppleford and Cotford Road in Sidbury. “Sidmouth Town Councillors Jack Brokenshire and Ian Mackenzie-Edwards have been out with the team to check speed in Sidford High Street.
“We have continued to monitor the temporary one-way system in Newton Poppleford and to carry out regular patrols of the car parks in our local beauty spots.
“In Newton Poppleford, vehicles are still being stopped driving against the one way system in Dotton Lane and Back Lane with warnings and on the spot fines being issued where appropriate.
“We regularly visit local car parks, checking that valuables have not been left in vehicles and offering advice to members of the public.”
Reported crimes for the rural area around Sidmouth in November included three reported crimes in Newton Poppleford.
This was down from five the previous year.
The crimes were one incident of criminal damage to a motor vehicle, one of burglary and one offence in relation to the Communications Act 2003.
For the year to date there have been 53 reported crimes in Newton Poppleford, compared to 34 for the same period last year.
In Sidbury there were two reported crimes in November, the same number as last year. There was one incident of common assault and one of sexual assault. For the year to date there have been 17 crimes, compared to 14 for the same period last year.

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