Village residents on lorry watch in Papplewick

Residents in two Nottinghamshire villages are being asked to help reduce the number of lorries illegally using roads.

People in Papplewick and Linby are being asked to record the details of any vehicles they think are over the legal weight limit for the roads.

The community lorry watch scheme is being organised by the county council's trading standards department.

Officers will then investigate the claims further.

Drivers face a £1,000 fine if they ignore the restrictions.

County councillor Mick Murphy, cabinet member for community safety, said: "This is all about handing the power back to local people to help improve their area.

"With residents acting as our eyes and ears, we hope to drive down the number of people who flout weight restrictions in local villages."

If the scheme is successful, it will be extended to other parts of the county.

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