Police to monitor speed in busy Norwich street where car crashed into pub

Flashback - emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after a car crashed through the windows. Photo: Simon Finlay Flashback - emergency services at The Golden Star pub in Norwich after a car crashed through the windows. Photo: Simon Finlay

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
1:22 PM

The speed of traffic in an area where a car crashed into the side of a Norwich pub is to be monitored, police have revealed.

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Landlady Elizabeth Le Grice was forced to close the Golden Star pub in Colegate when a car went into the building during the busy evening rush-hour last month.

The pub, which is on the corner with Duke Street, reopened last week following the crash which is being investigated by police. It is not known if speed was a factor in the accident.

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Police have confirmed monitoring equipment is to be installed in the area as they look to tackle ongoing speeding issues in the area.

PCSO Jo Longstaff, from the Norwich East Safer Neighbourhood Team, which has been looking to tackle speeding motorists in the area, said: “Tackling speeding issues on Duke Street has been a long term priority for us over several months and we have been looking at a number of resolutions.

“The Community and Partnerships team is currently organising the installation of monitoring equipment to allow the most effective deployment of speed enforcement officers to this location.”

Concerns about speeding in the area have been raised on behalf of people living in the area by Amy Stammers, a Green Norwich City councillor for Mancroft ward, who asked police to make speeding a priority before last month’s crash at the Golden Star.

She said: “It was brought to my specific attention earlier on this year, when a resident emailed me pictures of all the accidents that had occurred on this stretch of road over the years. It’s a miracle that no one has been severely injured or killed on this stretch of road.”

She said she hoped the monitoring would enable both the police and council to act.

“Hopefully this will mean the police can gain enough evidence for the council to be able to justify incorporating traffic calming measures on this street as a matter of priority, alongside the transport plans that are in the pipeline for this area.”

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