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Shocking police video of bad driving in Hampshire and the Thames Valley

Operation Tramline resulted in a total of 198 motorists being being prosecuted for driving offences, most of them driving whilst distracted. The faces of the offending motorists have been obscured to prevent them being identified, because each still has the right to contest the prosecution

Sergeant Paul Dimond, who co-ordinated Operation Tramline, said:“Distracted driving is proven to be a significant factor in many of the collisions on our roads. It is one of the 'fatal four' causes of road deaths and collisions in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. "

"Through innovative use of equipment and technology available to us, we will continue to crack down on this and will repeat Operation Tramline again in the future."

Other behaviour by motorists spotted by the Tramline team included:Two van drivers reading newspapers whilst they drove. One person reading a map on the steering wheel. Two drivers using iPads (one on the steering wheel) whilst they drove. One driver using a laptop.

One van driver seen accessing Facebook on her mobile phone whilst driving on the M27. 126 motorists were using their mobile phones, 25 were people distracted by other means. A total of 25 lorry drivers were evidenced using their phones with another six being distracted by other means.

Teeth cleaning and putting on make-up - just two examples of drivers bad habits on our roads

The video captured is just a small selection of the 227 driving offences detected during Operation Tramline - a five day police operation run by officers from the Roads Policing Unit across the motorways of Hampshire and the Thames Valley.

A lorry driver brushing his teeth - toothbrush in one hand and water bottle in the other - is one of the examples highlighted, together with video of a woman applying her make-up, checking her face in the rear-view mirror whilst driving on the M27.

Operation Tramline resulted in a total of 198 motorists being being prosecuted for driving offences, most of them driving whilst distracted.

Girl, 17, pushed to ground and robbed

A young girl was grabbed by the throat before she was robbed by two men on a park bench in Slough.

The incident happened on Friday 6th September between 12 and 12.30pm near to Upton Court Park School.

The 17-year-old was sat with a friend on the park bench when the two men approached them on push bikes.

One of the men attacked the victim before taking her iPhone 4S and riding off towards Slough town centre.

The first offender is a white man in his early thirties, 6ft1ins and of medium build.

The second man was white, in his late twenties, of similar height with skinny build and dark hair.

The victim received bruising to the face but did not require hospital treatment.


Protesters at AWE weapons site

Protesters at the gates of AWE Credit: ITV Meridian

Thames Valley Police have confirmed that eight protesters have been arrested this morning.

They said: "Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of obstruction of a public highway and are currently in police custody at this time."

A spokeswoman for AWE, the firm which runs the site, said: "AWE on-site security, the Ministry of Defence Police and Thames Valley Police are currently in attendance and will remain for the duration of any protest action."

Activists at the site of AWE are protesting against the use of weapons Credit: ITV Meridian

Chief Inspector Lindsey Finch, deputy local policing commander for Newbury, said: "We will continue to work with protestors to facilitate peaceful protest and ensure that any criminal activity is dealt with proportionately."

Protesters lying on the ground outside AWE Credit: ITV Meridian

"Officers from three police forces were manning the protest - Thames Valley, Hampshire, and Ministry of Defence Police."

Man punched in Oxford assault

A 24-year-old man was left with a face wound after he was attacked by two men in Oxford.

The incident happened at Hythe Bridge Street at about 3am.

One of them was verbally abusive, before the pair walked away.

A few minutes later, they returned and punched him on the nose. This cause a one-inch wound to his face which required hospital treatment.

The offender was Asian, around 5ft 8ins and of thin but muscular build. He had a shaved head and big eyebrows and was wearing a white shirt and jeans.

The man with him was also Asian and had short brown hair in a side parting and large eyebrows.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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