Suspected arson attack on a scrap yard in birmingham destroys nine cars and part of a building. Is it believed the scrap yard on Jameson Road, Nechells, Birmingham thought to be used as a breakers yard, was started deliberatly at around 1am on Monday mornig.
The flames quickly spread destroying 9 cars and a building which was partially damaged. A West Midlands Fire Service source said: This was arson, the fire was started deliberately. Nobody was hurt in the blaze.
24th May 2012
Satnav sent a young driver to her death down the wrong slip road
Lauren Smee, who had only passed her test three months before the accident approached a rounabout in the dark when her sat nav told her to take the first exit. She failed to notice that the first exit was actually a exit slip road to the A27, near Castle Goring, West Sussex.
A BMW travelling in the opposite direction collided with her Ford Ka. Miss Smee later died in hospital while Stuart Hope-Kirk, the BMW driver, suffered a fractured ankle and fractured spine.
Miss Smee’s mother, Penny, has called for training on satnavs to be included in driving lessons and that inexperienced drivers had to be cautios when using satnavs. Lauren was making a 16 mile journey to pick a friend up and wasn't sure of the way, she inadvertently strayed on to the wrong carriageway of the A27 near Worthing. Lauren was a studying at Chichester College and also worked as a barmaid in Fishbourne.
The BMW driver Mr Hope-Kirk, from Bexhill, East Sussex, told the hearing: "I saw what looked like headlights coming towards me, they were on my side of the road and had no time to react".
Pc Stuart medlycott from Sussex police said the signns are quite high on the exit slip road, a lapse in concentration and being unfamiliar with the junction Miss Smee would have thought she was travelling the correct way. The highways Agency has now improved the signage at the junction to prevent another tragic accident. Pc Stuart Medlycott followed the same route using a satnav that Miss Smee had taken. He said: "The satnav said cross the roundabout at the first exit, the first lawful exit being Titnore Lane. The coroner for West Sussex recorded a verdict of accidental death.
12th May 2012
Motorists In Milton Keynes Face MOT Problems
After researching 24.5 million MoT records which were obtained by Honest John, one in five cars failed their first test. More than one in 10 cars in Milton Keynes failed their MoT due to defective brakes and suspension, this is 60 per cent higher than anywhere else in the country. Aberdeen has emerged to be the worst place to own a car with a huge 45 per cent of cars failing their MoT.
Their ore obvious patterns across the country for cars failing their MOT's for example, car owners near the coast lines suffer badly because of the salt water and often being battered by strong winds.Strangely, In Manchester the main problems for MOT' failures have been registration plates and windscreen wipers.
Car owners in Cardiff were 70 per cent more likely than anywhere else in the country to see their cars fail their MOT for defective tyres
Bradford emerged as the worst place in Britain for defective light bulbs.
But, it's not all doom and gloom, there was a little bit of good news for owners of the classic British Triumph marque in the car’s home city of Coventry, with the classic cars boasting a pass rate 20 per cent higher than the national average.
For the first time ever these statistics are now available to the public after honestjohn.co.uk have published 'The MoT Files which can be found at honestjohn.co.uk/mot.
European manufacturers have the worst ratings with Renault holding the top spot as the manufacturer most likely to fail the MoT, the Megane being the worst culprit with 71 per cent failing their first MOT test.
A Renault spokesman has defended the company’s reputation claiming that its quality was “among the best in the industry"
Not surprisingly, the Japanese have emerged as the most reliable manufacture with the top three places being taken by Honda, Lexus and Suzuki.
Top 10 MOT pass rates by manufacturer:
8. Mercedes Benz
7th May 2012
Drug drivers face jail term under new laws
David Cameron has been personally backed by the family of Lillian Groves – a 14-year-old schoolgirl who was killed by a drug driver in Croydon, London last year. David Cameron said “It simply can't be right that a schoolgirl like Lillian can lose her life and then we discover we don't have the laws or the technology to punish drug drivers properly. Drug drivers are a deadly menace – they must be stopped and that is exactly what I intend to do.”
The new offence will form part of the Queen's Speech and will be enforced by the introduction of “drugyalysers” – drug screening devices – which should be in place by the end of the year. The device will be used at the roadside to enable a police officer to arrest without being required to make motorist perform a Field Impairment – or FIT -Tests of their co-ordination by carrying out tasks such as standing on one leg, touching their nose or walking in a straight line. This will provide evidence that can be used in court. Drivers who refuse to co-operate will be committing an offence similar to that of refusing to take a breath test.
The new device will be able to screen for up to 13 drugs including the most common narcotics such as crack cocaine as well as some prescriptions drugs. The machines will also be capable of not only detecting cocktails of drugs but will also be capable of being updated on a monthly basis to keep up with new narcotics as they are devised by drug dealers. Motorists found guilty of drug driving will face a minimum year's driving ban and could be jailed for up to six months. They could also receive fines of up £5,000.
3rd May 2012
£10,000 of lead stolen from a church in Dorset - DNA grease to help police trap metal thieves
A special form of grease containing microdots which has a unique reference number gets transferred to skin and clothing of the thieves so police can identify anyone linked to thefts. St John the Baptist Church, in Broadstone, has had the grease applied after thieves targeted the church twice after £10,000 of lead was stolen from the roof on 18 April and 19 April. Thousands of pounds of damage to the roof left water pouring into the church.
The grease, funded by the local Community Safety Partnership (CSP), also helps police trace stolen metal, this method will either stop the crime occurring or give us a high chance of capturing those foolish enough to continue with these types of theft.
25th April 2012
Over 60 arrested for metal theft in Lincolnshire
Metal theft inLincolnshire has resulted in over 60 arrests this year as part of a crackdown on metal thefts in Lincolnshire.
Large quantities of metal have also been recovered and, where possible, returned
Cooperation with scrap metal dealers and greater awareness among the public have made it more difficult for metal thieves to escape undetected.
In February 2012 four men were charged with conspiring to steal lead from more than 20 churches.
On 22nd April 2012, two men were arrested after a member of the public reported a theft from St Peter's Church in Saltfleetby. A Grimsby man was also jailed in april after large amounts of lead was discovered at his house.
With cooperation from Scrap Metal Dealers it is becoming increasingly difficult for metal thieves.