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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.

A77 closes from Stranraer to Girvan over weekend

The diversion route. Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Police

Police are reminding drivers that the A77 road will be completely closed between Stranraer and Girvan this weekend.

The road will be closed at 8pm on Friday 3 November, and will re-open at 6am on Monday 6 November.

The closure is due to damage from winter storms in 2014, and will allow Scotland TranServ to establish the working site and install supportive piling.

A fully signed 56-mile diversion will be in place over the weekend.

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B5305 closed following serious collision

Drivers are asked to avoid the area Credit: ITV Border

The B5305 between Wigton and Penrith is closed following a serious collision involving a car and a motorbike, which happened at around 8.10am this morning.

Police are at the scene and the road is now closed in both directions. The closure is expected to be in place for some time and drivers are asked to avoid the area.

Any witnesses to the collision should contact Cumbria Police referencing incident 30 of 2 November 2017.

Abnormal loads causing travel disruption around Carlisle and on A69

Two gigantic containers in transit are causing travel delays around Carlisle.

The trucks are carrying giant pressure vessels to Egypt from Carlisle, via the A69 to the north east.

Each vessel weighs about 200 tonnes and are travelling in convoy, through Kingmoor, past Houghton Hall and onto the A69 to Newcastle.

They will spend the next two days travelling across the country to Blyth, where they'll continue to Egypt.

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Vehicle fire closes A69

Drivers are advised to expect delays Credit: ITV Border

A vehicle fire closed the A69 near Bardon Mill both ways between Well Bank (Bardon Mill) and A686 (Haydon Bridge).

Temporary traffic lights were later put in place while a damaged telegraph pole was repaired. The traffic lights have since been removed and repairs are now complete.

Two accidents on the M6 cause delays

Credit: PA

An accident involving a lorry and a cattle truck blocked two lanes on the M6 Northbound between J39 B6261 (Shap) and J40 A66 (Penrith). The accident is now cleared and traffic is easing.

Another accident involving one vehicle closed one lane on the M6 Southbound between J36 A590 (Kirkby Lonsdale) and J35 A601(M) Carnforth. The lane is now open and the broken down vehicle has been removed.

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