POLICE officers have been cracking down on speeding drivers through a village near Hereford.

West Mercia Police said it was carrying out speed enforcement in Canon Pyon after the local council raised the issue.

The officers, checking drivers' speed on the A4110 between Hereford and Kingsland, near Leominster, said it was "dealing" with the issue within the 40mph limit.

At recent Pyon Group Parish Council meetings, members had raised the problem and were exploring possible options of curbing the speeders.

At February's meeting it was minuted that Balfour Beatty Living Places, Herefordshire Council's contractor, advised that West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership was responsible for fixed speed camera sites.

A member of the public also expressed concern in the meeting that recent mobile speed enforcement on the A4110 was undertaken on a Sunday.

The parish council resolved to request that West Mercia Safer Roads Partnership install a fixed speed enforcement camera at Canon Pyon, but were then told at the March meeting this would not be possible

West Mercia Police said: “Canon Pyon does not meet the criteria for a fixed speed camera."

It was noted that mobile van-based enforcement was ongoing and that the days and times are varied so there was not a "predictable pattern that drivers get used" to so police could have "the maximum impact on driver behaviour”.

Councillor Ross Murray shared his experience of standing with a mobile speed enforcement officer at Canon Pyon and proposed speaking with a contact at Safer Roads Partnership about speed enforcement and this was supported by the meeting.