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Big changes to the Driving test here is everything you need to know

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If you are a learner driver you might want to think about passing your driving test before December, Before they make some big changes to the driving test.

The Major changes will see a focus on drivers becoming more safe and independent on the roads which is not a bad thing.

Those who hate reversing round the corner will no longer be asked to do it during the test, so if you struggle December could be a good month for you. After all how many of you have actually reversed round corners since passing your test?

No more asking your dad to jump out and reverse the car out of the bay so you can get back home anymore as drivers will be required to do this before they can pass the test.

Those on the test will be required to park in a bay within a supermarket or shopping centre and then be required to reverse out of the bay.

To be honest it is something you’re going to need almost daily once you’ve passed your test.

Sat-navs are going to be another focus within the driving test and no longer looking at road signs for directions.

What are the four big changes?

1. More independent driving

Independent driving with a Sat-Nav will increase to 20 minutes from the current 10, you’ll be allowed to use a satnav or traffic signs.

However, you don’t get to decide the examiner will decide if he or she wants you to use road signs or the satnav.

2. Using a satnav

Standardised TomTom Start 52 model Satnavs will be used within the examinations, these will be introduced into the driving tests.

The examiner will provide the equipment and will set it up for the direction of travel.

Four out of Five people will be required to use the Satnav within the test.

3. Changes to manoeuvre

They’ve decided to bin the ‘reverse around the corner’ and the dreaded ‘turn-in-the-road’ these will no longer be tested however they will still be taught by your instructor as standard.

Instead, you’ll be tested on one of the three manoeuvres: Parrellel park at the side of the road, Parking in a bar and either driving in and reversing out or reversing in and driving out and finally pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lenghts and rejoin the traffic.

That means you’ll be tested on one of the following three manoeuvres: parallel park at the side of the road; park in a bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out; pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic.

4. ‘Show me, tell me’ questions

The show me, tell me questions are changing and these will have more focus on car safety.

The ‘Tell Me’ questions will be asked at the start of the test, But the new ‘Show Me’ questions will be asked during the test.

Which means you could be driving along and the examiner will ask you to show me how to use the windscreen wipers.

So what isn’t changing?

They are keeping the pass mark exactly the same you won’t be allowed more than 15 faults and no serious or dangerous faults. If you manage that you’ll pass.

The test will still last 40 minutes and they’ve also decided to keep the cost the same.

The changes come into play for anyone taking their test from December 4th, 2017.

If you cancel or move your test or it is rescheduled after this date you’ll take it under the new changes.

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Jessica Patel: mystery surrounds death as man arrested on suspicion of the murder

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Four days after the murder of Jessica Patel, West Yorkshire Police have arrested the main suspect.

Cleveland Police did not release details of the person they wanted to speak to in connection with the murder, Saying this would hinder ongoing investigations.

This evening the murder suspect has not been named, He has simply been described as a 37-year-old man.

Forensic officers and detectives have continued searching Jessica Patel’s home and the Roman Road Pharmacy where she was a company director.

Detectives have been working flat out since they received a call alerting them to the murder of Jessica.

No family appeals released

Jessica Patel lived at The Avenue with her husband Mitesh Patel who was from the Leeds area of West Yorkshire. His Facebook profile says he was the “Superintendent at Roman Road Pharmacy” which continued updating their timeline after Jesica Patel’s Murder.

They worked very hard together to build the business the Roman Road Pharmacy which is located very close to their home address. Since the Murder, no family member has released any tributes to Jessica.

Following the Death of Jessica, the Pharmacy which has been closed since 8 pm on Monday evening released a post about dealing with Hypertension and reducing high blood pressure making no mention to the murder of one of the company owners.

Despite this, a small number of flowers have been left at the scene.

Something horrific happened inside The Avenue!

Very little details surrounding Jessica Patel’s injuries have been released, We do know these are believed to have been horrific.

What we do know is Jessica worked until 8pm on Monday evening before closing the shop for the evening, she headed home within half an hour she had been murdered.

Three ambulances were sent to the scene following reports of one person needing urgent medical attention.

Cleveland Police deployed an armed response unit to the scene of the murder, without speculating this is very rare in a murder investigation.

Once the armed officers had deployed to the scene they formed an armed cordon around the area. People within a nearby church were unable to leave and advised to go back inside the address until it was ‘Safe’.

Some members of the public have told Police Hour they were warned to stay indoors as a ‘Man Mad’ was on the loose.

Eyewitnesses have also said they heard a deafening scream coming from the address before cops attended and shut down the area.

Door to Door enquires tell us that locals have been asked if they heard screaming and if a door to door salesman had knocked on their door in the hours leading up to the murder.

Circumstances Surrounding the death

Cleveland Police released very little details to the media surrounding the murder of Jessica, Suggesting they knew who the main suspect was and that they just needed time and space arrest their main suspect.

Cleveland Police released a statement saying they would not be releasing any circumstances surrounding the murder of Jessica or any details of suspects as this would hinder ongoing investigations.

It simple terms Cleveland Police did not need any help from the public or media because they knew who their main suspect was it was just a matter of catching him.

Cleveland Police did, however, appeal for dashcam footage from outside the house allowing detectives visual evidence.

CCTV Covered drive and entrance off the shared drive from both houses within the location, This could be the main reason as to why Cleveland Police did not need to release any criminal appeals or release details of any wanted suspects.

If these cameras were working the killer would have been captured entering and leaving the address.

Cleveland Police Breaks Silence and releases a statement. 

“Police have this afternoon arrested a 37-year-old man in the West Yorkshire Police area on suspicion of murder following the death of 34-year-old Jessica Patel in Middlesbrough on Monday 14th May.

“The man remains in police custody at this time.”

Cleveland Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious outside of the avenue or who may have dashcam footage around the time of the incident.

 

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Police search Middlesbrough Pharmacy connected with Murder Investigation

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Police are searching a second location in Middlesbrough in connection with the murder of Jessica Patel.

Crime scene investigators have been at the scene of Roman Road Pharmacy.

The Pharmacy has been closed since Monday evening and has now become the focus of the murder investigation.

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While a second team focus their investigation on the house in which Jessica was found dead.

Detectives have been working flat out since they received the call alerting them to the murder of Jessica.

Today they have been back on the scene searching the local area, conducting house to house enquiries and chasing up all leads that the evidence points to.

They want to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage of the incident.

The drive leading up to the house in which jessica was found is covered by CCTV if this camera is working it could have captured the killer.

Only one police car remains at the scene of the house after Crime Scene Investigators finished their work for the day.

Police have not released any details of any person believed to be suspected of the murder of Jessica and have not made any arrests so far.

Cleveland Police are expected to release a crime appeal soon, but at the moment they do not want to hinder the on going police investigation.

Cleveland Police have said that Jessica Patel was murdered in her own home. Armed officers guarded the scene in the hours following the murder and crime scene investigators began their work.

The scene has now been scaled back to just the drive of the house on the Avenue Linthorpe.

Initially a huge police cordon was in place which closed the Avenue.

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was found dead at her home in Middlesbrough.

Image credit: Teesside Connected.

Officers were called to a house on The Avenue in Linthorpe at 8.20pm on Monday 14th May.

Jessica was found with serious injuries at the address and was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination has taken place, however, for investigative purposes the cause of death won’t be released at this time.

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Detective Superintendent Tariq Ali, from Cleveland Police, said: “A woman has been murdered in her home. At this stage of the investigation we are not able to say much more than this, other than that a team of dedicated officers and specialist staff are now working hard to get to the facts.

“When a murder takes place in our community, perhaps even near our own homes, we aren’t deaf to the fear and worry this causes. As soon as we can say more about this crime, we will say more, but please be assured that our neighbourhood teams are increasing patrols in the area and are out and about, happy to speak to anyone to offer reassurance and talk directly to local people.”

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The Avenue is a busy route used by buses, motorists and pedestrians. Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around The Avenue, particularly between the junctions with The Crescent and Lancaster Road, yesterday evening to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event number 85888. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Woman murdered in her own home, No arrests made say Cleveland Police

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A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was murdered in her own home.

Last night officers set up a crime scene and closed the The Avenue in Linthorpe.

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman was found dead at her home in Middlesbrough.

Image credit: Teesside Connected.

Officers were called to a house on The Avenue in Linthorpe at 8.20pm on Monday 14th May.

A 34-year-old woman was found with serious injuries at the address and was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination has taken place, however, for investigative purposes the cause of death won’t be released at this time.

Image credit: Teesside Connected.

Detective Superintendent Tariq Ali, from Cleveland Police, said: “A woman has been murdered in her home. At this stage of the investigation we are not able to say much more than this, other than that a team of dedicated officers and specialist staff are now working hard to get to the facts.

“When a murder takes place in our community, perhaps even near our own homes, we aren’t deaf to the fear and worry this causes. As soon as we can say more about this crime, we will say more, but please be assured that our neighbourhood teams are increasing patrols in the area and are out and about, happy to speak to anyone to offer reassurance and talk directly to local people.”

Image credit: Teesside Connected

The Avenue is a busy route used by buses, motorists and pedestrians. Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around The Avenue, particularly between the junctions with The Crescent and Lancaster Road, yesterday evening to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, quoting event number 85888. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Thank you to Teesside Connected for supplying Police Hour with the images.

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