Concerns around speeding and other road safety issues were the key issues raised with Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner and chief constable as they met with Northwich residents.

It was the second in series of public engagement events where residents across Cheshire have been invited to put their questions about local policing to PCC David Keane and CC Darren Martland.

A number of residents and local community representatives attended the event at the Condate Rooms on Church Road last night (Thursday 14 November).

They said they were concerned about motorists breaking the speed limit on roads across Northwich and in particular in 20 mile per hour zones. They also raised concerns around motorists jumping red lights.

The PCC and the chief assured those in attendance that tackling road safety issues is a key priority for Cheshire police with the number of fatal road traffic collisions increasing. In 2018 alone, there were 46 deaths on Cheshire’s road, more than twice the number of the previous year.

CC Darren Martland told residents about a proactive campaign the force has introduced to raise awareness of the five driving behaviours which are most likely to cause fatal collisions, with speeding considering one of the Fatal 5.

PCC David Keane also explained that through his initiative to put a dedicated PCSO in every community, the constabulary are carrying out 6,300 more hours of speed enforcement with PCSOs using hand-held portable devices to catch speeding motorists.

PCC David Keane said: “It was great to see so many local residents with a real passion and dedication to making their communities safer give up their free time to attend this event.

“It was interesting to hear on a local level what the key policing issues are for people in Northwich and discuss how we make improvements to make their communities safer.

“With police resources more stretched than ever, it’s important that we talk to local people about their priorities for policing to ensure we are delivering the best possible service.

“I look forward to meeting more residents at future events planned across the county in the coming weeks.”

CC Darren Martland added: “We are committed to delivering a neighbourhood policing service and putting the priorities of local communities at the forefront of everything we do.

“Our officers and PCSOs forge strong relationships with our communities to ensure crime and anti-social behaviour is dealt with as quickly and as effectively as possible.

“We appreciate the feedback from local residents in the area and I would like to reassure residents that the problems raised at the events are being dealt with proactively by the local policing team.”

The first event took place in Ellesmere Port last week with events also planned in Widnes and Macclesfield over the next few weeks. Further events will be held in Chester, Crewe, Runcorn and Warrington in the New Year. Please check the Cheshire PCC website for further details www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk

If you would like to submit a question for the PCC or chief constable ahead of the meetings, please email it to pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk