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Northumbria Police Operation Dragoon swoops national award for outstanding contribution to roads policing

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A Northumbria Police road safety team who developed a unique intelligence grading system for serious road offenders have won a national award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing’.

Operation Dragoon – which featured in ITV primetime show Car Wars – works to protect road users through a specially developed programme of enforcement, engagement and education.


On Thursday (January 26) Sergeant Phil Patterson accepted the Outstanding Contribution to Roads Policing 2017 award on behalf of his team for their efforts in making the region’s roads even safer at the annual Roads Policing Conference in Leicestershire.

Through their work, Operation Dragoon identify and target those who present the biggest risk to the public on our roads and have developed and run a programme of road safety education resources available for all young people.

In fact, the team have arrested more than 150 high profile targets, handed out more than 250 summons, acquired more than £20,000 in fines, disqualified drivers for a total of 140 years and racked up 34 years worth of custodial sentences through successful prosecutions.

Sergeant Phil Patterson said: “This is down to the hard work of my team, who have worked tirelessly to safeguard the public from dangerous and persistent road offenders. The safety of the public is at the forefront of everything they do.

“Operation Dragoon has been recognised, both nationally and internationally, as the way forward to target dangerous and criminal behaviour on the roads, and we hope this can be replicated by other policing authorities.

“This award is gratefully accepted, and dedicated to the team that I work with.”

Jayne Willetts, roads policing lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I’m extremely impressed with the standard of the nominations this year, which made it very difficult to choose an absolute winner. Everybody that was nominated should be very proud.

“However, Operation Dragoon were absolutely outstanding. Their contribution to roads policing, in enforcement and education, is a model that other forces should aim to follow.”

Phil King from award sponsor Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, said: “As a former traffic sergeant SIO (Senior Investigating Officer) and FLC (Family Liason Co-Ordinator), I’ve dealt with numerous fatalities and serious collisions.

“Now, working for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors advising on catastrophic injury cases, the evidence that the police gather is vital in pursuing rehabilitation and compensation for victims.

“For myself, and the firm to be able to acknowledge the work done by the police by sponsoring the awards means we can show some of our appreciation. It also provides the officers with a lasting memento for their efforts in keeping our roads safe and supporting victims in serious collisions.”

Northumbria Police’s Op Dragoon team works tirelessly every day to make our roads safer with the team made up of three branches: Enforcement, Engagement and Education.

Since 2014 they have made significant efforts to increase the safety of all road users through educational campaigns, engaging with car enthusiast communities and by targeting high risk drivers on the region’s roads.

If anyone suspects anyone of dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or driving whilst on their mobile phone then they can contact the team by calling 101.

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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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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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Parents warned after hooded man follows and grabs second child in 24 hours

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Chilling CCTV footage has been released of what is believed to be an attempted abduction of a schoolgirl aged 11 just 24 hours after another school girl reported that she was approached and grabbed by a man as she walked to school in north Manchester.

Police are linking both incidents are warning parents to remain vigilant after a second child was grabbed walking to school.

CCTV footage shows a young girl being approached by a stranger in the street, police have now launched an investigation after the girl was followed and grabbed.

The girl managed to fight off the man and break free before she raised the alarm on Acre Top Road. She escaped unharmed.

The incident happened at 8.30am on Wednesday, January 10th as the girl walked to school. Police are also investigating another incident in which another schoolgirl was grabbed near Sainsbury’s on Middleton Road by the Heaton Park roundabout, was also reported the day before, the school said.

Crab Lane Primary School, in Higher Blackley, released a letter to parents warning that a stranger had attempted to grab a school girl on her way into school ‘The matter was reported to police immediately and the child was able to give a good description,’ the letter from headteacher Pat Adams said.

‘The police have informed us that a similar incident occurred near the Sainsbury’s, by the Heaton Park roundabout, the day before. ‘The police suspect that the two incidents are connected, given the short distance between them and the fact that both girls gave a similar description of the man in question.

‘As of yet, the police have not located this man. Therefore, please take extra precautions to remind your children of ‘stranger danger’ and the importance of being vigilant when on the streets without an adult.’

Police have said the suspect is described as a white man of slim build aged in his 30s he has blond hair and a blue jacket.

Thankfully both children managed to break free, Police are now warning parents to be on their guard and request that children walk in groups of two on their way to and from school.

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