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HOW to put the brakes on speeding cars will be the focus of a public meeting.

Measures to combat speeding in Horndean, Catherington and Clanfield will be discussed at the next East Hampshire community forum meeting a week today.

As reported, drivers have been clocked travelling at more than 100mph along some roads.

The South of Butser police team, which patrols Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle, will now be getting their own speed gun and will prosecute people.

The speed gun has been bought for around £1,800, with £500 donated through grants from county councillors Marge Harvey and John West, as well as contributions from parish councils.

Cllr Sara Schillemore, chairwoman of the forum, said: ‘Speeding is a real concern in this area with many motorists treating our roads as residential racetracks and handy shortcuts. I would encourage anyone who is affected by speeding or wants to know what is being done about it to come to the community forum.’

The meeting will feature representatives from Speedwatch and the Speed Indicator Device team, who have been monitoring vehicle speeds on residential roads.

John Tomlinson, who helps to monitor speeding, said: ‘There is not one road we’ve been on that doesn’t have a speeding issue.

‘Wherever we have people travelling over the speed limit we have a concern for people’s safety and there is a quality of life issue for local residents to be considered too.’

The meeting starts at 6.30pm at Merchistoun Hall in Horndean. A representative of Hampshire police will be there.