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

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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 northyorkshire.police.uk/OpSpartan

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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Police searching for a missing schoolgirl have found a body in a river.

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Police had launched an appeal to find 11-year-old Ursula Keogh from Halifax, who was last seen on Monday afternoon.

Although formal identification has yet to take place, her family have been told about the discovery of the body in the River Calder at Paris Gates in Halifax.

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: “Inquiries will remain ongoing to determine a cause of the death, however, at this stage, it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.”

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Dad arrested after Mylee Billingham aged 8 stabbed to death

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Eight-year old Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death in her own home, Her father has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mylee was found with serious stab injuries and rushed to Hospital, but died a short time later.

Her father Bill Billingham aged 54 is a murder suspect in the case, he has been arrested he remains in a critical condition after attempts failed to take his own life.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the murder.

He is under a police guard after he was discovered with a stab wound to his stomach and will have to undergo surgery.

Police officers responding to a domestic incident were called to a house in Brownhills near Walsall in West Mindlands at 9.15pm on Saturday.

 

Her father uploaded a photo of Mylee to his Facebook profile just before emergency services were alerted to the tragedy.

The post was captioned with the words “Pitza on bed Iv Moo x.”

The girl was pictured on her bed smiling with two plates of pizza in front of her, Moments later she was murdered.

A post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the exact cause of Mylee’s death.

West Midlands Police said Billingham is yet to be questioned by officers due to his condition.

 

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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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