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North Yorkshire Police launch week of action against drivers using mobile phones



North Yorkshire Police launch week of action targeting use of mobile phones behind the wheel

This week, North Yorkshire Police’s Operation Spartan will once again be targeting drivers using mobile phone from behind the wheel, in support of a national week-long NPCC campaign to highlight the dangers of driving whilst using a phone.

From 6 am Monday 23 January to midnight Sunday 29 January 2017 officers will be running ‘flash ops’ in key locations across the county, targeting distracted drivers. Traffic officers will also be supported by the safety camera vans which are also equipped to capture images of drivers who are using handsets illegally.

The national THINK! road safety campaign has recently stated that studies show drivers using handheld mobile phones are slower at recognising and reacting to hazards and even careful drivers can be distracted by a ringing phone or text messages arriving. A momentary lapse in concentration can have catastrophic effects, so the advice is to switch off before you drive off.

Speaking about the week of action Traffic Sgt John Lumbard said: “Officers will be out across the region, patrolling in both marked and covert patrol vehicles, targeting drivers who misuse their mobiles whilst driving. In recent years there have very sadly been a number of fatal collisions in North Yorkshire involving drivers using mobiles. A number of families have been left devastated and broken, all because someone deemed accepting a call or reading a text to be more important than someone’s life. The misuse of a mobile whilst driving is totally unacceptable and North Yorkshire Police will not tolerate it.”

Operation Spartan is again appealing to members of the public to come forward and report any instances of drivers using their mobile phones, or any other examples of dangerous or anti-social driving. Reports can be made to police via 101 or the easy-to-use driving concern form on the North Yorkshire Police website

The form enables members of the public to conveniently pass on details, such as the location of an incident or registration number of a vehicle driving dangerously, to the Roads Policing Team. Dash-cam footage and images which have been safely captured, are also accepted as evidence via the Op Spartan email address [email protected]

Each report is reviewed by the Major Collision Investigation Team and the relevant steps are taken, whether engagement or enforcement – to ultimately make the roads of North Yorkshire a safer place to travel.

Since launch the team have received over 250 submissions of information alerting police to incidents of dangerous driving. Speaking about the response that Op Spartan has received Inspector Dave Barf said; “We have been encouraged by the number of driver concern forms that we have received in the first five weeks of the Operation and are grateful to the public for taking the time to report their concerns to us.”

“The information we have received feeds into our intelligence and enables us to build a more complete picture of areas where certain offences are taking place. This enables us to effectively target these areas and achieve our goal of making the roads of North Yorkshire safer and lower the instances of serious collisions and road deaths by identifying and educating those who are seen as being at risk of causing themselves or others harm.”

“I’d like to thank those who have used the form and would encourage anyone who has witnessed driving behaviour which has caused concern, to share that information with us via the online driver concern form. Completing the form may avoid serious collisions or fatalities on our roads.”



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Melton Mowbray poppy day parade could be cancelled due to police cuts



One of the biggest Remembrance Sunday Parades faces being cancelled due to police cuts imposed by the Government.

Leicestershire Police have confirmed they do not have the staffing levels to be able to support the parade within Melton Mowbray happening next month.

If the parade is to go ahead as planned the Royal British Legion will be forced to pay for a private firm to marshal the route on November 12th.

Melton Mowbray is very much an active military town with the prospect of the cancellation causing anger amongst the locals

Jock Bryson aged 82 who organises parade has spoken about his devastation and shock saying ‘It’s so important to Melton that we keep holding the parade, and the atmosphere is so phenomenal with the serving and ex-serving people marching through town.’

The Melton Mowbray community are now holding raffles and bake sales in an attempt to raise money to pay for private security to attend the march.

Sadly cuts to policing have had a huge impact on Leicestershire Police there is now 500 fewer officers within the force that there was 8 years ago, simply there are not enough cops.

Leicestershire Police said that there are around 500 fewer officers in the county than there were eight years ago.

Ch Sup Andy Lee said: ‘As a force we are keen to pay our respects and remember the fallen, and at some of the larger parades there will be a visible police presence to engage with the community and maintain public safety. ‘In order to support these Remembrance Day events we need to carefully manage our resources to ensure business-as-usual continues, and that our level of service across the whole county is maintained. ‘In previous years, officers in attendance at parades have been involved in assisting with road closures and traffic management along parade routes due to the lack of formal traffic management arrangements.

‘However, this had an impact on our day-to-day operations and demands. With budget cuts and reductions in officer numbers, we have to ensure officers are deployed where the operational risk is greatest and that there is a sufficient number of officers on duty to be able to respond to any incident.

‘This is not something that we can sustain alongside making sure we are able to respond to incidents anywhere in the county.’ Jim Rawlinson, chairman of the county’s Royal British Legion, said they could still put on a parade – but it would be trimmed down. ‘It’s a national problem, but it’s just caused us to think differently about things,’ he said ‘The parades will all go on, but people will have to marshal them themselves.’



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Man arrested after hostages taken by armed man at Nuneaton Bowling Alley



Armed Police and specially trained negotiators have successfully ended a hostage situation that lasted almost four hours.

Armed Officers and Ambulance Crews responded to the major incident at the MFA Bowling Alley in Nuneaton following a vast amount of calls reporting a man with a sawn-off shotgun.

The man is believed to have taken two hostages who were both staff members within the bowling alley.

Mehdi Afshar Chief Executive of MFA Bowl confirmed that two members of his staff were being held, hostage.

It is Mehdi believe that the suspect gunman is known to one of his staff members and the relationship is either an ex-husband or boyfriend.

No customers or other staff members were hurt in the incident and were allowed to freely leave, while the suspect told many others to get the F**k out of here while screaming at his hostages it is Game Over.


The incident began just after 3pm on Sunday 22nd October when many families and children fled the scene after spotting the gunman.

Those that did not escape the scene immediately were told to leave by the gunman.  Police quickly ruled out the incident as being terror-related.

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The full area is on lockdown with all roads in and out of the area have been blocked and no one is allowed to leave the Nearby Odeon Cinema located next door to the bowling alley or a nearby soft play centre.

The Air Ambulance has landed near the bowling alley and has since left the location.

Video footage shows a number of armed police officers in a car park at the scene.


Warwickshire Police confirmed that they were dealing with an “ongoing incident” however while the incident was ongoing they did not confirm the nature of the incident.

Once the incident had concluded police confirmed that the man had been arrested and two hostages had been released uninjured.

Moments before the incident ended flash bangs were seen and heard before armed officers moved in and very quickly the suspect was arrested before being placed in the back of an ambulance which left the scene on blue lights and under a police escort.

A Spokesperson for Warwickshire Police confirmed the suspect had now been arrested and the situation was over.

“Specialist firearms officers and police negotiators, along with fire, ambulance and police air services, attended the location at the bowling alley in St David’s Way, Bermuda Park. A man has been arrested and is in police custody.

“Members of public at the bowling alley and neighbouring properties were evacuated to safety and nobody was injured during the incident.

“Warwickshire Police Chief Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith said: “We would like to thank local people for their patience and cooperation while officers dealt with this incident. We are pleased that we were able to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution and that there were no injuries. I would like to reassure the Nuneaton community that the incident is unconnected to any terrorist activity.”




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Warning over exploding paw patrol soap after boy three in intensive care bath bomb exploded



Three-year-old boy is currently in a critical condition after a canister of Paw Patrol bath foam exploded while he was having a bath

The product has not been recalled, however, we would urge all parents to think twice when thinking about using this product.

The little tot is currently being cared for at Belfast’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children last night.

The little boy has burns to the outside and inside of his body, it is believed he was in the bath with his Paw Patrol Foam soap and it suddenly exploded.

The boy who has not been named was rushed to hospital on blue lights in a critical condition.

A spokesman for the Belfast Trust said the little boy is “in the children’s intensive care unit and his condition is critical”.

Nickelodeon confirmed that they had heard about the incident and that they were investigating the matter.

Confirming “We are terribly sorry to hear about this dreadful incident and we are gathering more information about the licensed product involved.”

Paw Patrol is an animated TV programme that is broadcast on Nickelodeon and is popular with kids and features six rescue dogs.

But they did not say whether or not the product would be withdrawn from sale.

You can buy the bath foam at a range of high street shops.



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