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Police called out to reports of body by motorway - find druid doing yoga

A concerned member of the public reported seeing a body near J11 on the M56. Credit: Google Earth

Police called out to the side of a motorway in Cheshire found that reports of a dead body by the roadside were in fact far less sinister.

A call from a concerned member of the public prompted an "extensive" search of the area by North West Motorway Police - who were initially unable to find "the body".

But officers eventually found the man in question alive and well - he said he was a druid practicing yoga.

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The misunderstanding amused many of the force's followers on Twitter, one of who thanked the social media account for "making me laugh so hard I cried".

Motorway Police urge motorists to take care in treacherous conditions

North West Motorway Police are urging motorists to take care on the roads this Boxing Day.

Icy and even snowy conditions in parts of the region are making driving at speed a danger and there are reports of several accidents on motorways with cars overturned.

Lancashire Police failing to record 20,000 crimes a year - new report

Lancashire Police fail to record 20,000 crimes a year according to report. Credit: PA

Lancashire Police have been rated inadequate after failing to record 20,000 crimes a year. The criticism is in a new report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies. The recording rate for violent crime is a particular cause of concern at only 78.3 percent.

The 15.7 percent of reported crimes that went unrecorded included serious crimes such as sexual offences, domestic abuse and rape.

Improvements must be made. There are too many failures to make the correct crime-recording decision at the beginning. That's often due to poor crime-recording processes and an insufficient understanding of crime-recording requirements compounded by limited supervision to correct these decisions.

– Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies.

The figures relate to:1 October 2016 to 31 March 2017.

The report adds there was some progress in putting victims at forefront of their crime-recording and improving procedures for dealing with modern day slavery.

But it said 'much work remains to be done.'


Anti-grooming campaign launches in Manchester

A new campaign to stop vulnerable people from being groomed to commit crime is being launched in Manchester later today.

'Trapped' aims to highlight how to spot signs that individuals are being targetted by criminals and how to report it.

'Trapped' campaign Credit: GMP

“Offenders use intimidation to exploit and control children and vulnerable adults to carry out criminal activity on their behalf.

“The people they are targeting are often singled out because they may have a troubled life at home, are in the care system or are being bullied and looking for protection.

“Those being subjected to these hideous crimes are victims, not criminals, and I want to reassure anybody who feels trapped that there is a way out and we will listen to what you have to say.”

– Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle
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