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SIR — Good to see the report of police clamping down on speeding in the area (A&T, 31st July). But they weren’t really trying were they? Six motorists caught. Six?

I invite them to climb over my garden fence and clock 50 vehicles an hour on the main road. No exaggeration, just one vehicle in five obeys the current speed limit.

Then they can walk 40 yards down to the minor road, the C10 (on the C10 an animal was killed last week), and 90% of the vehicles break the 40mph limit on the straight.

And if they wait till dusk when the hoons come out, they’ll catch vehicles doing more than double the speed limit.

Speeding in the Forest is a nightmare. If the average fine was, say, £100, the police could easily haul in £250,000 in fines within 50 yards of where I live for a few weeks’ work.

Two-hundred crimes committed a day would be a quiet day here. And yes, I have written to them, twice, as has my neighbour.

Six? No, with all respect, they weren’t trying.

Peter Padfield,


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