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Cumbria Police to check tyre safety

Tyres without the required tread depth are illegal Credit: Robert Schlesinger/DPA/Press Association Images

Cumbria Police will be checking the safety of car tyres ahead of the winter, and drivers whose cars don't meet the required standard could face fines.

Last winter was the wettest on record in the UK, and cars without enough tyre tread depth can struggle to brake properly, leading to more collisions.

Driving on tyres that are under inflated or have a tread depth under 1.6 millimetres is illegal.

Breaking the rules can lead to fines of up to £2,500, and three penalty points for each tyre.

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Controversy over West Cumberland Hospital plans

Protestors say their message can't be ignored, after a public meeting about the loss of hospital services in west Cumbria.

Around 4,000 people attended the gathering in Whitehaven last night, and the area's MP Jamie Reed said the huge showing marked a turning point.

Whitehaven is getting a fully functioning new hospital but the protestors are angry that some procedures are being moved to Carlisle, some 40 miles away.

The NHS in Cumbria says it's only being done in a few areas where it's safer for patients.

Tim Backshall was at the meeting.

Survivor urges cyclists to wear helmets

A teenager who was knocked off his bike in Dumfries and Galloway has started a campaign, urging all cyclists to wear a helmet.

15-year-old Alexander Lawson was involved in the accident near Wigtown. He says his bike helmet saved his life and now he wants to raise awareness of how important they can be.

Fiona McIlwraith has this report.

Police crackdown on vehicles without road tax

Driving without up-to-date road tax and insurance is illegal Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police in north and west Cumbria are clamping down on vehicles without up-to-date road tax and insurance records.

They worked with staff from DVLA Gateshead Pound in a week-long operation that saw 16 vehicles clamped or seized, and seven on-the-spot fines.

  • Seven vehicles were clamped and seized in Carlisle
  • Four vehicles were seized in Aspatria
  • Two vehicles were seized in Cockermouth
  • One vehicle was clamped in Maryport and one vehicle was seized
  • One vehicle was clamped in Crosby

“We are very pleased with how the operation went and we will look to conduct more in the future. Driving without tax or insurance is illegal and can cause serious implications to law-abiding road users were a collision to occur. We would ask that anyone who believes they can get away without paying for road tax are wrong. Officers will be alerted to vehicles that are being used without road tax and will subsequently target those drivers.”

– Sergeant Gill Atkinson, Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team
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