Crashed car to appear at Norwich college as part of new road safety drive

Norfolk police and crime commisssioner Lorne Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk police and crime commisssioner Lorne Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The wreckage of a crashed car will be taken to a Norwich college as part of the launch of an innovative new road safety campaign.

Norfolk's police and crime commissioner Lorne Green said the wreck of the car - and the driver - will be at Norwich City College as part of a new bid to drive down road deaths, particularly among young motorists.

Mr Green said the appearance of the crashed car at the Ipswich Road college, on November 17, would be replicated at other education establishments in the county.

He said: 'I'm going to get a couple of wrecked cars and take them around the county, to Norwich City College and King Edward VII in King's Lynn and elsewhere and say to young people that's the consequences of reckless driving.'

Mr Green said he believed the use of a wreckage rather than a 'suit' would have more impact on young people in terms of getting the message through to young drivers.

Mr Green announced plans for the scheme ahead of a police accountability forum in Great Yarmouth on Thursday (10) night.

The meeting, held at the town hall, also involved a public question and answer session.

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More than 30 people attended with concern raised by some about a lack of visible policing in the area, particularly in villages outside Yarmouth.

Simon Bailey, chief constable, told members of the public that over the past five years he has had to make savings of £30m which has resulted in '300 fewer uniforms' in the county, including 200 police officers and 100 PCSOs.

'Whilst we've had to make that saving we've also had to deal with a serious change to the face of crime and the challenges we face.'

Although Mr Bailey insisted 'Norfolk remains a very safe county' he said the county, like other parts of the country, had seen 'exponential increases in reports of domestic abuse, rape, serious sexual offences.'

Mr Bailey said this has meant they have had to 'prioritise' resources to meet the current policing needs.

• The public were also invited to have there say on the police precept as part of budget consultation which has been launched by the police and crime commissioner.

The options being consulted on range from freezing council tax at last year's levels, to a maximum possible increase of 2pc which equates to an extra £4.23 a year.

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