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Marked Police Units beeped and waved by racers on A66 near Teesside Park

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Cleveland & Durham Road Policing Unit have warned they will be back out in force on the A66 to put a stop to drivers racing at Teesside Retail Park.

Officers detected 80 speeding offences on Wednesday 23rd March on the A66 leading to the junction with Teesside Retail Park in just 90 minutes while marked traffic unit were present.

The purpose of the police being on the A66 was as an ongoing operation to deter antisocial driving on Wednesday evenings and racing on public roads within Teesside Retail Park.

The speed limit on the A66 is 50mph and detections ranged up to, and including, 79 mph. The Roads Policing Unit vehicles were not in any way difficult to see and yet people drove past well in excess of the limit.

Many people saw the vehicles and beeped their horns and revved their engines when passing. Others were not paying attention to their speed or what was in front of them. 

Speed and distraction are two of the major causes of collisions where people are killed or seriously injured. The issues we saw at Teesside Retail Park have caused us great concern and we will be returning over and over until the message gets through.
All of those who were identified as speeding will be receiving a letter from the police shortly and will be dealt with accordingly. Those who drive antisocially, including beeping horns and revving engines, will also be dealt with.

Further enforcement both in the retail park and the A66 approach will be taking place over the coming months.

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A19 closed northbound near hartlepool drivers advised to find another route

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Police were called to reports of a traffic incident involving one vehicle on the northbound side of the A19 near Hartlepool at about 2:40pm today (Thursday).

The northbound carriageway has been closed at the A179 junction to allow access for the Great North Air Ambulance.

The male driver has been taken to Hartlepool General Hospital with serious injuries.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find an alternative route.

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North East hit by a blanket of snow many major routes covered

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Motorists are bring urged to take extra care across the North East as many major routes have been covered.

Heavy snow fall and strong winds have left the A1, A19, A66 & A1M covered in snow.

While many major routes in towns and cities have also been covered leaving many roads difficult to navigate.

Gritting across many areas has failed as the snow has created air pockets allowing the snow to rest on top.

Snow began falling at 11pm last night and is expected to continue until 9am this morning.

A number of schools, colleges and Universities are expected to announce they could be closed for the day. Make sure you check ahead before traveling.

Tweet your snow pictures @PoliceHour or add them to the comments section on Police Hour Facebook page.

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Missing Guardsman with the Scots Guards based at the Wellington Barracks

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Police are urgently searching for a missing Guardsman who is missing from his central London barracks.

Dean Rudman was last seen at around 21:40hrs on Tuesday, 9 January, leaving the All Bar One pub in Waterloo. He is believed to have travelled to Guildford by train.

He is a Guardsman with the Scots Guards, normally based at Wellington Barracks in Westminster. He is believed to have links to Canterbury and Durham.

Dean is from the North East and has many friends in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

He is described as white of slim build with dark hair, and a moustache. When last seen, he was wearing dark trousers and a dark jacket.

Dean’s family, friends and colleagues are very concerned by his disappearance, which is described as out of character.

He may be in the company of a female, described as white of slim build with long highlighted hair.

If anyone has any information as to Dean’s whereabouts, they are asked to call Westminster police on 07500 766462 or contact the charity Missing People via https://www.missingpeople.org.uk/

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