Hackney is latest borough to hand speed guns to residents as part of initiative that has caused controversy elsewhere in UK
Damien Gayle @damiengayle Friday 10 June 2016 19.03 BST
Residents of an east London borough were this week given an unusual invitation – the opportunity to turn vigilante against the driving habits of their own neighbours.
Hackney is the latest borough to sign up to London’s scheme to encourage residents to take policing into their own hands.
Led by Transport for London, the Community Roadwatch scheme issues ordinary people with hi-vis vests and radar speed guns, before sending them into the streets of their neighbourhoods to catch reckless drivers. “Your opportunity to use speed detection equipment in your neighbourhood!” said the emails sent to local residents.