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Fastest speed in London caught by police on Havering’s roads in the last three years

PUBLISHED: 16:30 29 July 2016

Motorists on the A13 between Wennington and Rainham

Motorists on the A13 between Wennington and Rainham

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Reckless drivers are endangering the lives of Havering residents by reaching speeds of up to 124mph, the fastest clocked in London last year.

A Freedom of Information request to the Metropolitan Police revealed that in the past three years, the capital’s top speeds have all been recorded in the borough.

And disturbingly, these daredevil drivers seem to be getting faster, with 2013’s top speed of 111mph on the M25 followed a year later by 117mph on the A13 in Rainham.

In 2015 police caught a driver on the A13 in Wennington at 124 mph, almost double the road’s 70mph speed limit.

Wennington residents admitted that speeding has become a part of life in the area.

Melissa Paige, of The Green, said: “Every night you hear the noise as they go bombing down the road, and then later you hear sirens and you think ‘someone’s probably died’.”

And David McAuley who lives in Wennington Road, which runs parallel to the A13, said: “The police can’t do anything to stop these lunatics. The only way to prevent boy racers would be to sit policemen in their cars all along the A13, and that’s not going to happen.”

However, not everyone was as damning.

“It gets quiet of an evening and you can easily find yourself drifting up past the speed limit if there’s no one else about and you’re trying to get home,” said Mark Cowell.

Authority figures have been quick to condemn the reckless driving.

Cllr Osman Dervish, Havering Council’s cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: “Driving at this kind of speed is appallingly dangerous. It would only be a matter of time before someone was killed.

“We’re doing everything we can to help educate younger motorists to drive safely.”

The police could not confirm the exact details of each case, but a spokeswoman did confirm that when such high speeds are reached, outcomes include paid conditional offers of fixed penalties, cases referred to court or attendance at a National Speed Awareness Course.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: “In all cases, driving over the speed limit is a serious offence. There can be consequences for the driver and other road users. Speed can be a contributing factor in serious and fatal collisions with devastating impact on victims and their families.”


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