The force has appealed for more residents to operate speed guns to catch speeding drivers, despite reports people taking part were being abused. The speedwatch scheme allows volunteers to catch motorists driving too fast through villages such as Cheddar and Axbridge, but the towns mayor Barry Hamblin said some people had been put off after receiving abuse from drivers. He suggested operators could be swapped with residents of other villages to avoid volunteers being targeted by people who recognise them. PCSO Julia Penn said a school bus carrying 30 children being driven at 42mph on a 30mph road had been stopped thanks to the scheme. She appealed for anyone interested in taking part to call Cheddar police station on 101.