Monthly Archive: April 2016

Thurrock drivers snared by Operation Surround A Town 0

Thurrock drivers snared by Operation Surround A Town

Comments (0) [1] A SUSPECTED drug driver was arrested and 57 drivers were dealt with for failing to wear a seatbelt during a road safety operation in Thurrock yesterday (April 27, 2016) Officers from the Essex Police Casualty Reduction Section were joined by other road policing officers during Operation Surround a Town, an operation which aims to increase road safety and detect offenders using the roads. The Surround a Town operation forms part of a long-running campaign with the Safer Essex Roads Partnership and used automatic number plate recognition technology (ANPR) to identify suspect vehicles. Motorcycles and cars were then used to intercept vehicles which were taken to stop-check sites in West Road, South Ockendon, Lodge Lane, Grays and the Moto Services on the M25. A 30-year-old man from Chafford Hundred was arrested on suspicion of drug driving after officers stopped the car in which he was travelling in Lodge Lane, Grays. He has been released on bail on pending further investigation until June 30, 2016. A 39-year-old man wanted on recall to prison was arrested after officers stopped the car in which he was travelling on West Road, South Ockendon. He was taken into custody and later returned to prison. A lorry driver was fined 550 and the 26 pallets of beer he was carrying seized when officers working with HMRC discovered a range of offences. The driver had no tachograph driver card, failed to produce records when requested and had no valid MOT for the attached trailer. The beer was seized after the driver failed to produce proper delivery notes. During the operation, officers dealt with 57 drivers spotted not wearing a seatbelt and 14 found to be using a mobile phone behind the wheel. Two vehicles were seized because their drivers didn t have appropriate insurance and a total of 18 drivers were dealt with for speeding offences. Four vehicles were found not to have a valid MOT, one driver was dealt with for failing to stop at a red light and two were dealt with for careless driving. Sgt Dave Rudd from the Casualty Reduction Section said: “This operation is run on a regular basis throughout the county and every week I am disappointed to see that a number of people are still failing to wear a seatbelt for reasons I cannot understand. “It is 50 years since the first law on wearing seatbelts was passed yet people are still putting their lives at risk by failing to buckle up. Seatbelts are there for your own safety and it is disappointing that people don t think about the possible consequences of their actions. “If you are involved in a road traffic collision, you are twice as likely to die if you do not wear a seatbelt . And just one person not wearing a seatbelt can be thrown around with enough force to kill or seriously injure other people within the car. “Please buckle up. Such a simple task could save your life. References ^ Comments (0) (


Milk delivery driver’s day turns sour after crash on A10 near Littleport

17:35 01 April 2016 Seb Pearce [1] A milk delivery driver was left shaken after crashing his van on the A10 near Littleport today (April 1). Archant A milk delivery driver was left with minor injuries after his delivery van collided with a curtain-sided lorry near Littleport today. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Litres of milk were spilt all over the A10 when a milk delivery van crashed on the A10 near Littleport. The van was travelling along the A10 at around 9.10am this morning (Friday April 1) when it collided with the back of the lorry. Both drivers walked away from the collision, but litres of milk were spilt all over the surface of the road, which was consequently closed. The milk was eventually cleared by the Highways Agency. The delivery driver was reported for the offence of driving without due care, and was also recommended to attend a driver improvement scheme. PC Jamie Brown, of East Cambridgeshire Police, said: It was necessary to close the road briefly to ensure that the scene was properly managed. Thankfully, nobody suffered serious injury. An accident of this nature does tend to underline the importance of stopping distances, travelling speed, and clear and undivided attention on the road. References ^ Seb Pearce (


A1 cleared near Diddington following three vehicle collision

15:22 25 April 2016 Sophie Day [1] A collision on the A1 northbound near Diddington Archant The A1 northbound carriageway has been blocked following an accident involving a lorry and two vans. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Cambridgeshire police were called to the incident at Diddington at 2.11pm today (Monday) following reports of the collision between the HGV and two vans. Crews from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene along with East of England Ambulance Service. A spokesman for the ambulance service said: Three patients were treated at the scene, who were the drivers of each vehicle, and were not taken to hospital. Motorists were advised to avoid the area as queues were tailing back to Little Paxton. References ^ Sophie Day (