Police ‘slow down’ warning

Within two days of the loss of another life on South Holland roads, police were out conducting a speed check in Crowland.

Within two days of the loss of another life on South Holland roads, police were out conducting a speed check in Crowland.

Crowland speed check

Crowland speed check

Officers set up in Peterborough Road on Tuesday afternoon – a hotspot for speeding in the town.

Although the operation was not directly as a result of Sunday’s accident at the junction of Postland Road and the A16 in Crowland, in which a 57-year-old man died, Insp Jim Tyner said tragedies such as this helped bring the message home that drivers who speed put other lives at risk also.

Community police receive more complaints about speeding in Peterborough Road than any other location in the town.

Insp Tyner said: “A lot of the time people say drivers are using it as a rat run but we find a lot of the time those who are speeding are locals.”

Fronting the operation that day was community beat officer PC Ian Coulson and Sgt Sharon Hall.

PC Coulson said: “We’ve come out following the accident to show we do care about keeping streets safe.

“When we come out like this in Peterborough Road and Thorney Road word spreads in about 20 minutes and everyone slows down.

“But it’s not about catching people. When word gets around we are here we are over the moon.

“Whenever I get any free time I like to come out like this because in all the villages speeding is a priority.”

During the hour-long operation in Crowland, about four verbal warnings were given and one driver was reported.

l Cyclist Roy Duffin (57) was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash with an Audi Q7 at the junction of Postland Road and the A16.

Police arrested the driver, a 50-year-old local woman, on suspicion of dangerous driving. She returned to Spalding Police Station for questioning on Tuesday and has been rebailed to June 16.

Mr Duffin lived in Wilsthorpe Road, Braceborough, and his family described him as “a wonderful husband, fantastic father and an irreplaceable friend”.

Witnesses are asked to call police on 01522 558855 with any information.