Speeding motorists in rural north Norfolk to be targeted by police
PUBLISHED: 11:31 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:31 29 March 2017
Speeding motorists will be targeted in rural north Norfolk with mobile vans set to be re-located to the area.
Lorne Green, Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner, promised the clampdown at the police accountability forum in Cromer on Tuesday, March 28, where he was joined by Norfolk’s Chief Constable, Simon Bailey.
Mr Green said: “We want to make our country roads safer. I don’t just want mobile speed vans on the A47 and A11, I want them on B roads as well.”
Meanwhile, as part of the question and answer session at the meeting, Denis Connelly, vice-chairman of Felbrigg Parish Council, quizzed Mr Bailey whether there would be enough officers to police the Elvis and Abba concerts at Cromer Hall Park in August.
Both events have been approved by North Norfolk District Council’s licensing department, and Mr Connelly said: “Both can accommodate up to 4999 people and 4000 cars and there are just two police officers and three PCSOs on duty at any one time in the area.”
Mr Bailey said both events would be policed “accordingly”.
Mr Green also set out his four-year policing plan for the area, following an eight-week public consultation last summer.
He said: “This is going to set an example for the rest of the country.
“The plan includes seven priorities. These are to increase visible policing, support rural communities, improve road safety, prevent offending, support victims and reduce vulnerability, deliver a modern and innovative service and good stewardship of taxpayers’ money.”
He added: “We also need to do something about homelessness. Last year there were nine people sleeping rough on the streets of Norwich and now there are 99.
“And I want to see fewer women assaulted by their partners. Police receive between 40 and 50 calls regarding domestic abuse every day, which is up 20pc from last year.”
He has also pledged to recruit more specials, and added: “When I was elected in May we had six officers dedicated to tackling rural crime, and we now have 23.
“And we will tackle lead thefts from medieval churches, including Snettisham, which is my own. We need to pledge an alarm for every church at risk, and will be launching public subscriptions in the next few months.”