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Too many young adults distracted by mobile phones on railways

Network Rail say mobile phones are a distraction at railway crossings Credit: ITV News Anglia

New figures show a third of young people admit to using their mobile phones while crossing railway lines.

In the last five years there have been 184 incidents on level crossings on East Anglia's rail network.

Network Rail is investing 100 million pounds in safety improvements - but says people need to be more alert and avoid phone distractions.

Of young adults admit using phones while crossing the railway

"Many people are aware of the issue of mobile phone distraction for drivers, but it is very worrying that so many young adults admit to putting themselves at unnecessary risk by using their phone when crossing the railway. We need everyone who uses level crossings to do their bit too. By paying attention to the warnings at level crossings and avoiding distractions, we can all keep ourselves out of harm's way."

– Daniel Fisk, Level Crossing Manager, Network Rail

The Populus research on phone distraction also highlights 95 per cent of under 25 year olds own a smart phone and spend twice the amount of time on their mobile than the average user. One in three young adults admits they would be more aware of their surroundings if they ditched their phone for 24 hours. Most spend time checking social media (63%) and surfing the web (44%).

"As we advise drivers and pedestrians to avoid becoming distracted when they're in a road environment, it's essential that people are also fully aware of what's happening around them when they use level crossings. Avoid being dangerously distracted by a mobile phone call, texting, using an app or listening to music through your headphones at a crossing so you're well aware of what the warning lights, barriers and signs are telling you."

– Kevin Clinton, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Furious Hamilton 'wants answers' after engine blowout

Lewis Hamilton was not amused after the race. Credit: PA

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton couldn't hide his anger with his Mercedes team after an engine failure denied him the chance to win the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was cruising to victory before his engine blew up with just 15 laps remaining to hand the win to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Nico Rosberg finished third to stretch his lead at the top of the drivers' championship to 23 points, and after the race a clearly agitated Hamilton appeared to accuse those in charge at Mercedes of favoritism.

"Someone doesn't want me to win this year," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"My question is to Mercedes. We have so many engines made for drivers, but mine are the only ones failing this year.

"Someone needs to give me some answers because this is not acceptable.

"We are fighting for the championship and only my engines are failing. It does not sit right with me."


Elderly woman sexually assaulted in Bletchley

Police investigate sexual assault Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 82 year old woman has been sexually assaulted while out walking in Bletchley, Milton Keynes.

The woman was on the redway running alongside Buckingham Road in Bletchley when she was pushed to the floor and assaulted. It happened at around one o'clock yesterday lunchtime.

Police are carrying out investigations at the scene and have released a description of the offender.

  • Large white man
  • Early to mid-twenties
  • Wearing black beanie hat
  • Black jacket and trousers
  • Carrying a rucksack over both shoulders

"We take all reports of this nature extremely seriously and I would like to reassure the local community that we are conducting a thorough investigation into this offence. I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything unusual on the redway running alongside to Buckingham Road, behind Windmill Hill Drive, yesterday afternoon."

– Designated investigator, Samantha Arnold, CID

Anyone with information should contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

The victim is being supported by Thames Valley Police.

Stevenage's Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton celebrates securing pole position in Malaysia. Credit: PA

Stevenage driver Lewis Hamilton will start on pole for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.

The grid has a familiar look to it, with Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg starting second and Max Verstappen from Milton Keynes-based Red Bull in third.

Hamilton secured a fastest lap of 1:32.850 to qualify fastest - four tenths of a second ahead of Rosberg.

It's the third successive year he's been on pole in Malaysia and a win tomorrow would close the gap on Rosberg in the Drivers' Championship who currently holds an eight point advantage.


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