Plain-clothed policemen have been hiding behind wheelie bins on McDonald Rd to catch speeding motorists, reported a local newspaper on 30 March.

The officers trained speed guns on vehicles outside Broughton Primary School before alerting colleagues further up the street who stopped and warned offenders.

The Evening News quoted anguished motorists and motoring organisations unhappy at the perceived assault on their civil liberties, even though no-one was charged.

Locals, however – particularly those with children who must cross McDonald Rd at least twice a day – will probably welcome any action which bolsters the effect of makeshift traffic-safety amendments to the street (Issue 180).

Given that lives are at stake, and given that motorists respond only slowly if at all to speed limits and common sense, Spurtle commends this attention-grabbing Lothian and Borders Police initiative.