|A day of action is being led in the Broughton Astley area to provide public reassurance and to identify community issues within.
Police and council enforcement officers are warning motorists that stop-checks are being carried out across the Broughton Astley area and surrounding villages to ensure drivers are road-legal and have the required documents to carry waste.
The police have joined forces with Harborough District Council Licensing Enforcement Officers, Community Safety team, Waste Transfer Officers, Housing Officers and Leicestershire County Highways in response to a number of complaints from villagers including; driving offences, community safety issues, waste transfer issues and dog fouling.
Police patrols will be in place on Monday June 25, looking for motorists that break the law. The driver will be pulled over and given a £60 fine and 3 points on their licence for using a hand-held mobile phone, a £60 fine for not wearing a seatbelt and an endorsable fixed penalty notice and a fine for speeding.
Commercial vehicles, including taxis, lorries and vans will be stopped and directed into the Dunton Bassett Lay-by where they will be checked by Police, Licensing Enforcement Officers, Environmental Health Officers and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
Vans will also be checked as part of the “Stop that Van” initiative which is currently being run by Market Harborough police to tackle metal thefts in the area.
PCSO 6143 Neil Patel who will be leading the initiative said; “The organisations involved in this campaign all meet regularly to talk about road safety and what can be done to reduce road traffic collisions in Broughton Astley and the surrounding villages. We decided to hold a joint campaign to get a strong message through to motorists that they are putting their lives, and the lives of others, at risk either by not wearing a seatbelt or by using a mobile phone.
Sarah Pickering, Anti-social behaviour (ASB) Officer from Harborough District Council Community Safety team will be visiting ASB hotspots with Police Community Support Officers to identify issues.
For more information or advice regarding the carriage of waste and associated permits contact Harborough District Council Enforcement team on 01858 828282 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Broughton Astley neighbourhood team consists of PC 1448 Sam Bennett, PCSOs 6617 Ken Huddart, 6526 Martin Doyle, 6143 Neil Patel and 6553 Nicola Baker. For regular updates throughout the day follow the team on Twitter @LPBroughton.