Forty-five motorists caught by community speedwatch

Community speedwatch in Eastbourne. SUS-140704-152707001
Community speedwatch in Eastbourne. SUS-140704-152707001

Volunteers from Eastbourne have been teaming up with Sussex Police to target speeding motorists in the town.

Community speedwatch (CSW) went live last December after speeding hot-spots were identified by Neighbourhood Police and Community Support Officers in response to concerns raised by local residents.

Since then, volunteers and police have recorded details of 45 speeding vehicles at various locations within Eastbourne.

These vehicles have had their details entered onto the Operation Crackdown website and if the same driver is recorded speeding three times, Sussex Police Road Policing Unit will seek to target and catch them.

The streets where CSW operations have taken place so far are Sevenoaks Road, Decoy Drive, The Hydneye, Percival Road and Hazelwood Avenue.

In Sevenoaks Road alone, 33 vehicles were found to be speeding at 36mph and above in the 30mph zone during three separate occasions.

Sgt Ed Ripley of Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team said, “Speeding is a priority concern for many Eastbourne residents. After consultation with members of the local community, we were able to train a group of volunteers to monitor traffic speeds and launch the CSW scheme. The aim is that by working together in targeting these drivers, we can help reduce the dangers posed to the local community and make Eastbourne a safer place in which to live and work.”

Anyone wanting to get involved as a CSW volunteer or to find out more can contact Ed Ripley on