We’ve just taken delivery of the hi-vis vests our volunteers will be wearing when they’re out on duty with Community Speedwatch – so watch out for them. The speedar they’ll be using has been sent for new batteries and recalibration, and our warning signs are on order: so it won’t be long before we’re up and running.

Once we are, keep an eye out for our volunteers. There will always be warning signs up to let people know they’re on duty (and to keep them safe), but if you’re as keen as we are to help prevent speeding in Hitcham then watch your own speed (we don’t the police writing to any of you!) and give them a wave as you go past. It’s great for us to know that you support us.

And don’t forget that you can help, too. If you are careful to keep your own speed at or below 30 mph through the village then other cars behind you will normally have to follow your example. (Apart from the people who decide to overtake at 50 mph, who are exactly the people we want to catch!) It does work, and it is recommended by our police advisors. And if it feels a little uncomfortable when an impatient soul is apparently trying to connect with your back bumper you could always put a sign on the boot like the one recently seen in Sudbury: ‘Sorry I’m driving so close in front of you’…