POLICE clocked 14 drivers speeding on the M5 near Worcester on one day as they tackled lockdown racers during a national campaign.

West Mercia Police officers reported 14 drivers for speeding on Tuesday on the M5 near Worcester at speeds ranging from between 90mph and 109mph.

The Operations Patrol Unit for Worcestershire polices the M5, M42, M50 and other roads and investigates serious and fatal crashes.

The OPU has been putting out regular updates via Twitter during the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) speed enforcement operation which is underway until June 7. OPU officers were out again between junctions 7 (Worcester South) and 8 (Strensham) on Wednesday morning. An OPU spokesman said: “No three figures this morning which is good to see. The highest speed detected was 95mph.”

The OPU has also had a presence in more rural communities in Worcestershire, supporting the Tibberton Community Speed Watch Group on Church Lane. Four motorists were warned about the dangers of excess speed in built up areas.

Last week it was revealed that one driver on a UK road had filmed himself reaching a speed of 201mph. Last Monday saw the launch of the NPCC speed enforcement operation. With the gradual relaxing of lockdown restrictions police forces throughout the UK are taking part in an operation to remind motorists of the importance of travelling within the speed limit.

This operation is deliberately timed as travel restrictions start to ease, to keep people safe as the volume of traffic increases.