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Police Hour Supports ‘Don’t stream & Drive’ Campaign

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Police Hour have pledged our support once again to back a campaign which is aimed at deterring motorists jumping in a car and using a mobile phone to film themselves behind the wheel.

We feel it is vitally important that members of the public do not use their mobile phones behind the wheel.

Sergeant Dewson-Smyth from Cheshire Police who has live streamed on Periscope every day for 233 days to spread the message of #DontStreamAndDrive after noticing members of the public are live-streaming themselves driving.

This urged the Sergeant to launch his #DontStreamAndDrive campaign which was launched in April 2016 since then support has grown massively and another Thunderclap event is planned for Tuesday 3rd April 2018.

Last years event was a huge success and reached over 35 million social media users. It is hoped that this years event will also Trend on social media and raise vital awareness not to stream and drive behind the wheel because it does cost lives.

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Police Hour has supported the Campaign since it launched in 2016 and will once again pledge our support to Sgt Dewson-Smyth who never passes off on the opportunity to promote road safety within policing.

Having bumped into Sgt Dewson-Smyth at the Police Twitter awards he is a truly genuine cop who cares about protecting people on the roads and reducing phone-related road deaths.

His passion and dedication shines on each and every interaction and live stream.

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Sgt Dewson-Smyth told the Police Federation “The law, in allowing hands-free calls, has unfortunately conditioned people to think it is okay to use a phone in the car. In fact it’s been shown that the reaction times of people distracted by a phone, is even worse than drink driving.”

He cites an example of driver on the M6 who was jailed for killing a motorway workman. The driver had sent over a dozen messages over 20 miles while driving at 80mph. In another case a Lamborghini driver broadcasted live to Periscope while at the wheel in London. Sgt Dewson-Smyth, sitting 200 miles away, was able to collect the evidence from social media and pass it to the Met Police, resulting in the man being disqualified and fined.

He added: “It’s difficult to imagine a burglar live streaming a break-in and yet we’ve got people committing offences at the wheel and they are putting the evidence on social media. Some say to me ‘what’s wrong with streaming music?’ and my answers is nothing, as long as you are not messing around with the phone – anything which involves taking the driver’s attention is dangerous.”

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If you’d like to support the campaign on 3rd April go to the Don’tStreamAndDrive site.

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Man hunt as women attacked by stranger in London believed to be suffering mental health crisis

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Police urgently want to speak to Joe Xuereb who is wanted after a stranger attacked two women, they are both fighting for their life.

Joe Xuereb must not be approached he is highly dangerous, after an unprovoked random attack on two women in the street.

The two women are fighting for their lives after being attacked in the street by a stranger, and Joe Xuereb is currently a suspect and wanted by police in relation to the incident.

Xuereb is believed to have been suffering from serious mental health issues and members of the public should not approach him he is aged 27 and from Greenwich, southeast London.

The women were targeted in a “horrific” attack in Adderley Gardens in Greenwich on Sunday.

Officers were called at 12.10pm to find the victims, aged 30 and 64, suffering from injuries “consistent with a violent assault”.

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Dangerous prisoner fails to return after attending family funeral

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a Hollesley Bay prisoner who has absconded.

34-year-old Aaron Johnson was reported missing to police at 11.15pm  last night, Friday 17 August,.

Johnson had been granted a special purpose temporary licence to attend a funeral yesterday but failed to return to the prison as arranged. He was last seen in West London.

Johnson is serving a 9 year sentence for robbery, wounding and assault.

He is described as black, 6 feet tall, of medium build, and had a beard. He was wearing a black jacket,  blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Aaron Johnson or who has any information regarding his whereabouts, is asked to contact Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 480 of 17 August.

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Scott Findlay subjected young mother to harrowing sex attack & punched her while she cradled 6-week-old baby

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A MAN who raped a young mother and repeatedly punched her as she cradled a six-week-old baby in her arms has been jailed.

Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a “prolonged and harrowing” attack in front of her two young children.

Today, at York Crown Court, Judge Simon Hickey sent the 27-year-old, from Ferryhill, in County Durham, to prison for 15 years for offences including rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and threats to kill.

The court heard that the victim pleaded with Findlay, who was armed with a kitchen knife, for her children to be prevented from seeing the attack.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Katrina Meisuria, of Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding Unit, praised the victim for her courage in giving evidence.

She said: “Scott Findlay subjected his victim to a prolonged, harrowing and violent attack in front of her two young children.

“It took great bravery by the victim to provide evidence at court reliving those events again.

“There is no doubt these crimes have had a life-changing effect on the victim and her children, but the conviction will provide the family with the opportunity to move forward”.

In a statement released through the police, the victim said: “This has been an extremely difficult time for me and my family.

“The incidents occurred only six weeks after the birth of my daughter who was in my arms as Scott Finlay repeatedly punched me about the head and my seven-year-old looked on in terror begging for him to stop hurting his mammy.

“No child should ever have to witness such an attack”.

She added: “My family and I are pleased with the outcome and relieved it is finally over and we can move forward to rebuilding our life”.

After a four-day trial at Durham Crown Court in May, a jury found Findlay guilty of three counts of rape, one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of making threats to kill.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

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