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Former PCSO feared tragedy on road where cyclist died

PUBLISHED: 17:29 27 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:29 27 October 2019

Pupils at All Saints Primary School in Winfarthing hold up their anti-speed signs with PCSO Aslaug Foreman in 2013. Picture: Simon Parker

Pupils at All Saints Primary School in Winfarthing hold up their anti-speed signs with PCSO Aslaug Foreman in 2013. Picture: Simon Parker

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A campaign to reduce the speed limit on a road where a cyclist was killed has been backed by a former police support officer who raised safety concerns several years ago.

Police appeal for witnesses where cyclist Kenneth Cobourne was killed in an accident on the B1077 between Diss and Shelfanger. Picture: Simon ParkinPolice appeal for witnesses where cyclist Kenneth Cobourne was killed in an accident on the B1077 between Diss and Shelfanger. Picture: Simon Parkin

Local district councillor James Easter and county councillor Beverley Spratt have joined forces to launch a campaign to persuade highways chiefs to cut the speed limit on the B1077 between Diss, Shelfanger and Winfarthing.

It follows the death of Kenneth Cobourne, 46, from Banham, in a collision with a van on a series of sharp bends on the 60mph section of the rural road on September 13. The cause of the accident is still being investigated.

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Residents living along road, the main link between Diss and Attleborough, have branded it a "racetrack" and said it was the scene of frequent accidents.

South Norfolk councillor James Easter (left) and county councillor Beverley Spratt are campaigning for reduced speed limits on the road between Dis and Shelfanger. Picture: South Norfolk Council/Soutyh Norfolk ConservativesSouth Norfolk councillor James Easter (left) and county councillor Beverley Spratt are campaigning for reduced speed limits on the road between Dis and Shelfanger. Picture: South Norfolk Council/Soutyh Norfolk Conservatives

Aslaug Foreman, from Attleborough, who worked a PCSO in Diss from 2010 to 2016, said she had written to highways chiefs over whether the speed limit between Shelfanger and Winfarthing could be slashed so they were not connected by a 60mph stretch.

She said; "At the time the free range egg producers were selling from their farm and it was a struggle for vehicles to safely exit the drive. I was also aware of a local farmer who cycled to and from home and his farm between the two villages.

"However, I received the reply back from highways that they had no plans to cut that speed limit because they had only recently reviewed it."

Floral tributes to Kenneth Cobourne where he died on series of bends on a 60mph section of the B1077 between Diss and Shelfanger. Picture: Simon ParkinFloral tributes to Kenneth Cobourne where he died on series of bends on a 60mph section of the B1077 between Diss and Shelfanger. Picture: Simon Parkin

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During her time with the Diss Safer Neighbourhood Team she was also involved in a speed awareness project with Winfarthing Primary School where the children created signs urging drivers to slow down.

She said: "There was at least one fatal on that stretch of road by Shelfanger whilst I was at Diss and I wholeheartedly support a cut in the speed limit.

"Between the villages and Diss 40mph is probably more realistic though as the B1077 is a major transport route. That would still prevent cars ending up in fields and in collisions with vehicles exiting drives and also provide some protection for the cyclists and dog walkers."

The two councillors are set to discuss the issue with highways chiefs and Mr Easter said he wants to set up a public forum to discuss the options.

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