‘Why are you speeding so close to my school?’

PC Nick Bamforth and PCSO Ian Robinson with children at Bailiff Bridge Primary School doing speed checks

PC Nick Bamforth and PCSO Ian Robinson with children at Bailiff Bridge Primary School doing speed checks

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MOTORISTS were being put on the spot by youngsters wanting to know why they were speeding near to their school.

Class three at Bailiff Bridge Primary School was interrogating motorists who were exceeding the 30mph limit along Bradford Road, Bailiff Bridge.

The motorists who were pulled over by PC Nick Bamforth, from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, were given two options. Either face an on the spot fine or explain to the seven and eight-year-olds why they were speeding.

PC Bamforth said: “We wanted to make the motorists think because the children asking questions means so much more than me giving tickets because no one wants to run down a child.”

During a previous spot check four tickets were issued by PC Bamforth for speeding, which will mean a £60 fine and three penalty points.

The fastest speed travelling along the road only metres from the school was around 46mph.

The speed indication device by Calderdale Council also indicated a speeding problem with speeds reaching as high as 38mph.

Further along Bradford Road at the junction with Russell Way, the same area where pensioner John Holmes was knocked down and killed by a speeding motorist, an average speed of 35mph was recorded. Again the highest speed was 45mph.

Police have also issued four tickets and seized one vehicle for no insurance along Wakefield Road and a further five tickets were issued in Clifton Common.

Sergeant Dean Maddocks, who leads the team, said: “The response from local residents has been phenomenal. It is a good start and is getting the message across and it seems to be what the community wants us to do. Speeding is dangerous and can kill and we will be taking action against anyone that is caught exceeding the speed limit.”