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Police crackdown on drink and drugs

Cleveland and Durham police have been cracking down on drink and drug driving.
Cleveland and Durham police have been cracking down on drink and drug driving. Credit: PA Wire

59 people put their lives and the lives of innocent road users at risk during the recent summer drink and drug drive campaign.

Despite repeated warnings, 6% of 980 people breathalysed across the Cleveland and Durham force areas were positive, refused or failed to provide during June.

This year’s campaign coincided with the World Cup tournament, when some fixtures were being shown late at night due to the time difference.

Officers placed an extra focus on those drivers out in their cars the morning after a number of matches. Of 344 people breathalysed between 6am and 11am, five of these were positive, refused of failed to provide, equating to 1.5%.

“When compared to last year’s summer campaign, we have seen the number of people getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol increase.

"It is unacceptable that 59 people selfishly decided to risk their own lives, as well as the lives of their passengers and other innocent road users.

"We continuously repeat our warnings throughout the whole year and it is disappointing to see the numbers increase.

"Those that are found to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs will be dealt with robustly and can fully expect to be put before the courts.

"We will continue with these operations in order to make our roads as safe as we possibly can.”

– Chief Inspector Alison Jackson, Head of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit

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RSPCA brand police deer allegations 'terrible'

The RSPCA has described the alleged killing of a deer with a crowbar by Durham Police firearms as "terrible".

In a statement, the animal rights group said: "This sounds like a terrible incident and we await the conclusion of the police investigation."

This sounds like a terrible incident and we await the conclusion of the police investigation. As we have no further details about what happened we feel it would be inappropriate to comment further."

– RSPCA

Durham Police firearms officers suspended after allegedly killing a deer with a crowbar

Two Durham Police firearms have been suspended from their usual duties after allegations emerged that they had killed a deer with a crowbar.

In a statement, the force said: "It has been brought to our attention that the deer was apparently not destroyed in the approved, humane manner."

The incident happened in early June on a road in Tanfield Lea, County Durham.

It is not unusual for firearms officers to be deployed on occasions when a deer, or other large animal is clearly suffering as the result of being struck by a vehicle and the best action would be for the animal to be humanely destroyed.

We can confirm enquiries are being made to establish the circumstances surrounding the destruction of an injured deer on a road in Tanfield Lea in early June. It has been brought to our attention that the deer was apparently not destroyed in the approved, humane manner.

Two authorised firearms officers have been moved to other duties while the facts are being established and they are not currently involved in a firearms capacity. Enquiries are being conducted by the force's professional standards department."

– Durham Police
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