POLICE have apologised after claims officers were caught speeding down a notorious rat-run with no blue lights flashing.
The claims were revealed at the same time a petition is being set up to combat speeding motorists using Sandcliffe Road, which covers both Hartshorne and Midway.
Jim Seaton spoke out at the latest Swadlincote Safer Neighbourhood meeting, on behalf of residents of Sandcliffe and adjoining roads.
He said: “I appeal for action on the serious situation regarding speeding in Sandciffe Road. It is generally used as a rat run by motorists who completely disregard the speed limit.
“There is not enough signage or deterrents that exist to slow people. It can be a dangerous situation for anyone trying to exit onto the road from The Sandlands, Coventry Close and other roads as speeding traffic is going too fast to allow for vehicles pulling out.
“Near misses are a constant threat. Especially for vehicles pulling out of Longland to turn right as speeding vehicles from the left roar over the brow of the hill. Also from The Sandlands as they gather speed from both directions.”
He added that Hartshorne Parish Council has been gathering the ‘overwhelming evidence of abuse’, resulting in letters being issued, but said that police presence seems to have ceased.
He said: “Even police vehicles have been caught speeding twice, setting a bad example to other drivers. One police vehicle was caught doing well over the speed limit leading a stream of traffic to do the same. No blues and twos.”
Sergeant Simon Bromley, who leads the Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “I apologise if my drivers have been driving at excess speeds and this has been highlighted to the inspector.”
Meanwhile, Mr Seaton revealed a petition from the residents of Sandcliffe and connected roads is currently in the process of being organised, saying: “With the added problem is Sainsbury’s site (former Masons Arms) being completed, problems will increase.”