Drivers netted in operation

A ticket is issued by Calne Police during Operation Mather on Friday

A ticket is issued by Calne Police during Operation Mather on Friday

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Police targeted drivers speeding and committing other traffic offences in Calne during the first part of a crackdown in the town.

Officers were responding to concerns raised by residents under the Operation Mather banner with high-profile patrols.

Key issues raised include speeding and anti-social behaviour.

And on Friday, officers issued two speeding tickets in Curzon Street, where motorists were spotted at between 40 and 50mph in a 30mph zone.

Officers were also at Oxford Road and on the A4 at Cherhill, where complaints about excessive speed have been made.

Three tickets were issued for non-wearing of seatbelts, two for using a hand-held mobile phone and single tickets for parking on a zig-zag crossing and a non-conforming number plate.

A driver was reported for not having insurance, bald tyres, no MoT and using a hand-held phone. The vehicle was seized.

The penalty for using a hand-held mobile phone or similar device while driving is an automatic fixed penalty notice of a £100 and three endorsement points.

Vehicles that were at risk of crime were also identified and warning letters distributed offering crime prevention advice.

Sergeant Ben Huggins said: “The proactive operation saw local officers work in partnership with Wiltshire Council, Calne CCTV and the special constabulary.

“We will continue to proactively police our key priorities, in an effort to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.”

In addition, council traffic enforcement monitored 17 vehicles over parking in disabled and loading bays around the town with two £70 penalty tickets issued.

The second part of Operation Mather will take place in September with the focus being on anti-social behaviour and issues relating to pubs and licensing. Police have used Facebook to gauge what is bothering residents.

Sgt Huggins urged residents to continue to inform them through the Calne Police Facebook page and by calling 101 and asking for the Calne NPT.

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