COUNCILLORS have helped set up a new community speedwatch group to cut down the risk of death or injury on the roads.

The scheme will tackle speeding in both Long Hanborough and Church Hanborough.

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Oxfordshire county councillor Liam Walker, who funded the equipment needed for the group, said: “I’m really pleased we now have this team up and running and I would encourage people to play their part by being more aware of their speed when driving or by helping us with volunteering.

“We all have a responsibility to play in helping to make our communities safer for all road users and pedestrians.

“Every 22 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured on UK roads and by doing our bit to reduce speeds, we can help save lives and prevent injuries.”

Thames Valley police and crime commissioner Matthew Barber joined the group for the launch and said: “I’m delighted to support communities like Long Hanborough by improving community speedwatch in the Thames Valley.

“Following the successful pilot earlier this year, the new scheme is being rolled out to existing groups and we’ll be looking to expand further in the spring.

“Speeding is a concern to many communities and this is a genuinely joint approach between residents, the police and councils to make our roads safer.”