Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Attempted child abduction in Newport

A man has tried to pull a Burton Borough pupil into his car in Newport.

The school have advised pupils not to walk home and have written to parents to warn them of the attempted abduction. This is the fourth reported attempted abduction of a school child in Telford in the last month and a half.

The police are appealing for information but there is no description of the man. He was driving a white BMW coupé.

Monday, 14 November 2016

A442 speed limit front page of the Telford Journal

I unexpectedly found myself in the headline story on the front page of the Telford Journal last week with a mention in the Shropshire Star as well!

They misquoted me to sex the story up a bit but at least it got the message out that the 40mph temporary speed limit is there for a reason and shouldn't be ignored.

Friday, 11 November 2016

The 40mph speed limit on the A442 is there for a reason!

Telford & Wrekin Council have put an emergency 40mph speed limit in place on the A442 between Stirchley and Hollinswood after a routine inspection found the crash barriers around the bridge supports wouldn't withstand a 60mph collision.

For once the council have imposed a speed limit that makes sense but most people seem to be ignoring it. The speed limit is there for a very good reason - if someone crashes into the barriers at the base of the bridge at 60mph there is a possibility that the bridge could collapse. It's unlikely but the probability is high enough to prompt the council to spend money and put this emergency traffic order in.

The 40mph speed limit signs aren't really adequate which might be contributing to the number of people ignoring the temporary speed limit. There aren't many signs and they're on the grass verge so it's quite possible that traffic in the left hand lane has obscured them from view if the first one has been missed. The speed camera van has been out at Stirchley already just a few yards from the end of the 40mph area and I expect a large number of people will already have tickets in the post.

I have written to the council about the poor signage and hopefully they will be more interested in encouraging people to stick to the 40mph limit than letting the speed camera van catch people due to inadequate signage!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Temporary 40mph speed limit on A442

The stretch of the A442 between Hollinswood and Randlay will be getting a temporary 40mph speed limit tomorrow after a routine inspection found that the barriers protecting the bridges wouldn't withstand a 60mph collision.

Telford & Wrekin Council hope to have the repairs completed in the next couple of weeks.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Police appeal for help finding missing Stirchley family

West Mercia Police is appealing for help in locating a family from the Stirchley area of Telford.

The family - Martynas Norvisas, a 24 year-old man, Leva Stupelyte, a 24 year-woman, and Godie Norvdidia, a girl aged nearly two, have not been seen since Sunday evening (October 30).

It is believed that they may have access to a vehicle and are able to travel outside of the force area.

West Mercia Police would like to speak to the family to ensure they are safe and well. It is out of character for the couple not to be either at work or at their home address.

Anyone with information who has seen the family or who has information about their whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 340S of October 31.