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Dangerous drivers caught by police using unmarked HGV

Hundreds of dangerous drivers have been caught by police using an unmarked HGV.

Over the last two years almost 400 drivers were pulled over by Cumbria Police and other North West forces. Highways England released this video showing a driver checking his mobile with his foot on the dashboard:

Other offenders include a lorry driver spotted reading a book while driving on the motorway, and another who was seen using two mobile phones at once.

The offenders were among more than 4,000 dangerous drivers in England caught by the unmarked HGV over the past two years.

Officers gave verbal advice to 388 drivers, issued 838 fixed or graduated penalty notices, and filed 3,318 traffic offence reports. There were also 113 prosecutions for more serious offences.

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Car nearly hit woman walking dogs in Cumbria

Credit: Cumbria Police

A red car was seen driving erratically around Seascale in West Cumbria, almost hitting a woman who was walking her dogs.

Police say it happened around 11:20am on Saturday 10 June on the South Parade, and are investigating the incident.

The driver is described as male, in his 20s with dark hair and a beard.

Police are urging anyone with more information to contact them on 101@cumbria.police.uk, contact PC 2407 Fergus Ledingham on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Lorry driver jailed for dangerous driving

Leslie Whyte was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A lorry driver has been jailed for causing a crash which left another motorist with serious injuries.

Leslie Whyte's 34-tonne goods vehicle was speeding when it slammed into the back of a small van that was preparing to leave the A66 near Appleby in May last year.

Van driver Jeffrey Bainbridge, 60, was thrown from his vehicle.

The builder and volunteer firefighter, from Appleby, was then airlifted to hospital, where he remained for eight days.

He suffered fractured vertebrae in his neck and lower back, along with eight broken ribs, a punctured and collapsed lung, and a fractured shoulder blade.

Leslie Whyte, 36, denied causing those serious injuries by dangerous driving, but was convicted after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

A jury heard he was a methadone user whose vehicle was seen swerving erratically immediately before the crash.

At the crown court on Friday 9 April, Whyte, of Holmpark Crescent, Newton Stewart, was sent to prison for 18 months, and banned from driving for two years.

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