500 motorists have been caught out by speed gun volunteers in less than four months

PUBLISHED: 10:16 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:16 10 February 2017

Residents trying their arm with the speed gun in Romford.

Residents trying their arm with the speed gun in Romford.


Hundreds of motorists in the borough will have received letters in the post warning them about the dangers of speeding.

That is thanks to volunteers armed with speed guns catching out speedsters on roads in Havering.

It is part of the Community Road Watch scheme which has been rolled out across various parts of the country, which allows members of the public to work alongside police.

The scheme started here in October with 13 exercises completed by more than 50 volunteers in the course of four months.

Each exercise sees residents in high-vis jackets line a road notorious for speeding.

The gun’s radar can clock any driver breaking the speed limit from as far as a mile away.

Once speeds are captured, registration numbers are noted and registered keepers of the vehicles receive a warning letter from the police about their speed.

Persistent offenders who are caught out by the gun three times can expect further action in the form of a mandatory speed awareness course.

Traffic police community support officer Rob Brown has defended the scheme and hailed it as a “huge success”.

He said: “It has nothing to do with making money, this is a purely educational operation that hopes to make motorists think twice about their speed.

“The success is down to all the volunteers that have signed up.

“We have 50 plus volunteers, some of which are groups such as the Over 50s Club, Healing Hands and Metropolitan Police Cadet Core.”

Anyone is free to join and if you are interested, then please email

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