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Police act on Ingrow ‘rat run’ speed fears
Police have this week carried out a speedwatch on an Ingrow road – more than four months after first promising residents they would act on speeding drivers.
West Yorkshire Police vowed in May to take part in a number of speedwatch patrols in Ashbourne Road, Ingrow, which leads to the village primary school.
They were in response to calls by Andrew Spence, a resident, who said the road was being used as a “race track” and that the speeding could lead to a tragedy if action was not taken.
But after more than four months, Mr Spence got in touch with police to criticise them for little to no progress.
He hopes if a speedwatch proves people are driving dangerously on the road, then there will be enough evidence for residents to go to Bradford Council and ask for traffic calming measures to be installed.
And after speedwatches were finally conducted on Friday and Sunday, which in total captured 27 drivers breaking the road’s 30mph limit, he hopes the council will now be pressured into acting.
A total of 15 drivers were caught speeding during a one-hour period on Friday, with a further 12 on Sunday. They have all been sent warning letters by police.
Mr Spence, who has a two-year-old daughter, Hollie, and six-week-old son, Riley, with partner Sophie Richardson, said: “They did apologise that nothing had been done.
“It has got worse because the council has put speed bumps in Broomhill Avenue, so we’ve got a situation now when people speed through Ashbourne Road to avoid them.
“Something needs doing because if I didn’t do anything and something happened I’d feel terrible. I had to speak up about it because nothing was getting done.”
He has now approached Bradford Council with the findings of the speedwatches.
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