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The day police surrounded Dereham: 104 vehicles stopped, defects in two school coaches, four child seats badly fitted

PUBLISHED: 14:26 10 October 2012 | UPDATED: 15:26 10 October 2012

Police in Dereham launched the 'Road Safety 1st' initiative. Pictured in the town is PC Chris Bradley. Picture: Ian Burt

Police in Dereham launched the 'Road Safety 1st' initiative. Pictured in the town is PC Chris Bradley. Picture: Ian Burt

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Police who surrounded Dereham in a one-day blitz on road safety issues last week stopped more than 100 vehicles and found defects in two school coaches.

Town councillors last night welcomed the decision to hold Norfolk’s first Road Safety First day in Dereham, and urged police and the county council to repeat the exercise in other parts of the county as well as returning to the town.

The initiative took place on Wednesday October 3, and also saw officers educate 870 school children about issues ranging from holding parent’s hands to preparing to drive.

Norfolk County Council’s casualty reduction team manager Iain Temperton told Dereham town councillors about the event, and asked them whether it was worth repeating.

He said: “What was brilliant for me was there were Dereham schools we were finding it very hard to get into to deliver a road safety message. Having run this day we are now into every school in the town, which is useful.”

He said 104 vehicles were stopped for concerns about speeding, seat belts, mobile phones and MOT, while headteachers welcomed a crack down on problem parking by parents near schools.

Checks on 25 child seats in cars at Morrisons found that four were significantly badly fitted

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