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Summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign begins in Essex

Ant-drink driving campaign Credit: Press Association

Essex Police is launching its summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign in partnership with the Safer Essex Roads Partnership.

For this year’s campaign, which runs between June 1 and June 30, Essex Police has come together with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, the East of England Ambulance Service, and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance to highlight ‘How it Feels’ to deal with the consequences of drink and drug driving.

Don't drink and drive Credit: Press Association

Building on the Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign, it aims to highlight the far-reaching consequences of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs through the eyes of the emergency services which witness it first-hand.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, 1,024 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Essex and 695 were arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Unfortunately however, there will be people who decide the get behind the wheel having consumed drink or drinks and are not fit to drive. Their selfish and irresponsible actions could result in someone getting seriously injured or even killed and one of our officers, as well as colleagues from the fire and ambulance services, having to deal with the horrific consequences. The scenes our officers and other members of the emergency services witness live with them forever and the last thing they want to be doing is having to knock on someone’s door to tell them a loved one has died. Nine percent of road traffic collisions in Essex are caused by someone who has been drink driving, whilst we have also seen a worrying number of people drug driving. It is reckless, thoughtless, and dangerous. We are better equipped than ever to detect offenders and it is only a matter of time before you are caught and brought to justice.

– Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager

Motorcyclist killed in crash in Sussex

Motorryclist dies in crash Credit: Press Association

A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash near Rotherfield in Sussex.

It happened the A267 at Argos Hill on Friday 26th May, when a car and a motorbike collided.

The rider, a 39-year old man from Heathfield, suffered serious injuries and died.

The car driver, an 81-year-old man, and his passenger, an 80-year-old woman, were not hurt.

Sussex Police is appealing for witnesses


Police appeal for missing 80-year old from Sevenoaks

Missing Ken Henson Credit: Kent Police

Police are appealing for information for a missing 80-year old man from Sevenoaks.

Ken Henson hasn't been seen since the evening of Thursday 25th May.

He is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with grey hair and bald on top with a short beard.

If anyone has seen Mr Henson or knows where he is, they are asked to contact Kent Police.

Ken Henson Credit: Kent Police

Disruption continues at Gatwick and Heathrow after BA computer failure

Disruption after BA computer failure Credit: Press Association

Work continues to restore all of our IT systems but we expect some further disruption today. We are aiming to operate the majority of services from Heathrow and a near normal schedule at Gatwick. Customers should not travel to the airport today unless they have already rebooked onto another flight. We would advise customers travelling across the Bank Holiday weekend to continue checking the status of their flight on our website, before coming to the airport. We are extremely sorry for the disruption caused to customers and understand how much frustration this is causing.​ We are refunding or rebooking customers who suffered cancellations on to new services as quickly as possible and have also introduced more flexible rebooking policies for anyone due to travel on Sunday and Monday who no longer wishes to fly to/from Heathrow or Gatwick.

– BA spokesperson
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