Police have been conducting speed checks in a notorious accident blackspot.

Officers used mobile speed cameras on Deane Road, St Helens Road, and Salford Road as part of a special operation to make the roads safer in response to concerns from local residents.

Last month, ‘doting mother’ Karen Kimblin lost her life in a crash on St Helens Road. A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following the incident.

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During the recent speed check, police issued two traffic offence reports as a result of the operation, with the highest recorded speed at 48mph.

The checks were conducted as part of GMP’s Operation Portman, which was launched in response to concerns over the number of serious road incidents in Bolton.

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A spokesman for GMP’s Bolton South team said: “Officers from the Rumworth and Hulton Neighbourhood Policing team have been out and about conducting speed checks on motorists in the area.

“When speaking with our communities, road safety is often raised as a big concern.

“Locations visited today included Deane Road, St Helens Road and Salford Road.

“Two traffic offence reports (TOR's) were issued today with the highest recorded speed being 48 mph in a 40 mph zone.

“Hopefully anyone thinking of speeding saw officers and slowed down which is the positive message we aim to convey.

“We will continue to run these operations over the coming weeks and months.”

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