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Four taken to hospital after A38 crash

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Four people were taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in left the A38 southbound carriageway last night. The Vauxhall Insignia left the A38, between Ripley and Coxbench, at around 7.10pm. Officers from the Roads Policing Unit closed the road for around five hours while paramedics helped casualties at the scene. An 18-year-old passenger was the most seriously injured but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

All four men in the car were taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. The driver, a 22-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and released on bail. Officers are expected speak to him when he is well enough.

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Weekend Picks: Derby Folk Festival

Derby Folk Festival: Fri 30th Sept - Sun 2nd Oct (Various locations, Derby)

The Young'uns will open the festival Credit: Derby City Council

The 10th Derby Folk Festival takes place in the city centre this weekend with a line-up of performers.

Events will take place in the City Marquee, Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral.

There will also be dance displays and free performances throughout the streets on both days.

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Plain-clothed police target drivers using phones

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Motorists in South Derbyshire who use their mobile phones whilst driving are being warned that they are being targeted by police. The warning comes from Sergeant Graham Summers, who is in charge of Safer Neighbourhood policing in the area said:

“The use of mobile phones whilst driving is a significant factor in contributing to collisions where people are killed and seriously injured.We get lots of feedback from our communities that this is an issue that worries them as they see motorists driving through their towns and villages whilst using a phone. As part of our commitment to making South Derbyshire a safe place to live, work and visit my officers will be targeting drivers that do so.”

– Sergeant Graham Summers

An operation will start at the beginning of October which will involve the use of plain clothes officers working as spotters at various locations across the area at different times and on different days. The spotters will then indicate to a uniformed officer, when someone is seen using a phone whilst driving, who will then safely cause the vehicle to stop and speak to the driver.

Using a mobile phone whilst driving is an offence (unless using a hands free kit) and can be dealt with by means of an endorsable fixed penalty which means that the driver will get three points on their licence and a £100 penalty.

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