Residents of Exning Court, near Newmarket, help police spot speeding drivers on Cotton End Road

Residents of Exning Court, near Newmarket, help police spot speeding drivers on Cotton End Road

Speed-conscious seniors from a Suffolk nursing home have rolled up their sleeves to help police spot speeding drivers.

Residents of Exning Court, a retirement home near Newmarket, took part in a speed check with police officer Nick Chapman, who gives them an hour to visit each month.

After speaking to residents about their concerns, many expressed concern about cars speeding past the nursing home on Cotton End Road.

Residents of Exning Court try out a radar parachute in Cotton End Road. Image: PC Nick Chapman

PC Chapman then brought along the portable speed camera and some high visibility vests so that Margaret (85), Nora (74), Pat (89) and Margaret (87) could monitor the speed of motorists.

“It caused a lot of amusement for people driving past,” said PC Chapman. “We were only out there for a few minutes but it was a real revelation for them.”


“I believe that many of the cars that would have been thought to be speeding were actually driving within the speed limit.

The residents affected were Margaret, 85, Nora, 74, Pat, 89 and Margaret, 87. Image: PC Nick Chapman

“It’s similar to what we do with police cadets – of course they can’t stop cars, but if our young people in Suffolk can try it, why shouldn’t we offer it to older people too?”

Lorna Edwards, manager of Exning Court retirement homes, said residents’ participation in the speed checks gave them a unique insight into how the police work and increased the sense of safety in our community.

She said: “Our residents enjoyed being actively involved with the local police.

“This experience has strengthened their trust in our police and their commitment to maintaining peace and order in our neighborhood.”

PC Chapman is part of Suffolk’s Community Policing Team, which was set up to strengthen the community’s links with the public.

He added: “These people have paid into the police service all their lives and deserve to get something back.”

“I find the visits to the retirement home very enriching.”