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Police out in force to catch drivers flouting the law

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Police across the region are out in force today, to catch drivers who are using their mobile phone at the wheel.

From today, the penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving have doubled, with drivers facing a £200 fine and 6 penalty points on their licence.

If caught for a second time they will automatically be required to appear in court to receive a fine of up to £1,000 and a driving ban of up to six months.

New drivers - those in their first two years of driving - will automatically lose their licence and have to re-sit their test.

Today's police action is the first day of a national week of operations to catch motorists who continue flout the law and risk lives by using their phones at the wheel.

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Parents find it harder to get children into preferred schools

It is more difficult to get into a preferred school Credit: ITV

Parents in many areas of England are finding it tougher to get their child into a favoured secondary school than they were a year ago.

In just 12 months, more than half of the nation's towns and counties have seen a fall in the proportion of 11-year-olds winning a place at their first choice, according to a Press Association analysis of government data.

The situation has also become tougher over the past five years, with two-thirds of local authorities witnessing a drop in the percentages of pupils gaining any of their preferred schools.

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