Day: September 25, 2018

Police Officers Hide On Double Decker Buses To Spy On And Catch Drivers Using Mobile Phones

Police officers have been spying on drivers using the phones at the wheel while sat on the top deck of double decker buses.

The new technique for catching people out has been used successfully by officers in the West Midlands. They are now asking members of the public sat on double deckers to also video any drivers they see on their phones to help police crack down on the offence.

Police sit on double decker buses to catch drivers on their phones

The motorists that were caught in the act were stopped by police shortly afterwards and shown a VR video of the ‘consequences’ of their actions.


The video ‘punishment’ showed people getting injured as a result of a driver using their mobile at the wheel.

The BBC reported that any offenders caught by officers on the buses would be contacted retrospectively by post with a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the force is planning to continue the initiative from the top deck.

In a report by BBC News on the new policing method, an officer is filmed catching a driver texting at the wheel of their Range Rover.

One driver was caught texting at the wheel, while another said they had been sending emails in the BBC film (Picture: BBC News)

Another driver was brought back to a central zone, agreeing to be on camera and even interviewed. He said he was aware he was breaking the law when ‘checking his emails’.

The driver, Michael Neel, said he was surprised to be pulled over but said it would act as a future deterrent. PC Mark Hodson, speaking from the top of a double decker, said: ‘Most of the offending is done in their lap, so unless we have a vantage point we can’t actually see if they’re committing the offence or not because we actually have to see the phone.


‘And so, this gives us the ideal position to that from and not only that but we can train up all our neighbourhood policing PCSO’s and PCs to do exactly the same when they go on normal bus journeys in their own communities.’

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Hundreds Run Naked Into Freezing North Sea To Celebrate Arrival Of Autumn

HUNDREDS of skinny dippers ran into the North Sea to celebrate the arrival of the Autumn Equinox this morning.

600 people ditched their clothes and charged into chilly waters at sunrise as part of the North East Skinny Dip.

Hundreds of skinny dippers charged into the North Sea this morning

Some of the in the buff bunch held hands as they raced into the briny off the coast of Druridge Bay, Northumberland

The naked horde fully embraced the freeing experience by splashing and paddling in the cold water.

Before taking the nude plunge, dippers were wowed by a female fire dancer and a percussion band as they gathered on the beach.

There were camp fires glowing as the growing crowd got ready to whip their kit off.

The in the buff swimmers charged into Druidge Bay in Northumberland
Some held hands as they braved the frigid waters
The annual event celebrates the autumn equinox

Jax Higginson organises the annual event, which is now in its seventh year, to raise money for Mind.

Artist Jax, who joined the nude crowd as they ran into the sea, has so far raised over £30,000 for the mental health charity.

Jax, from Sunderland, said: “It was really cold and really wild.

“We had at least 600 skinny-dippers taking part this year – 200 more people than we did last year.

“I have never ran into the sea with 600 people before, it was a first for me.

The event is entering its seventh year and has seen a steady growth in numbers
The event is organised to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.
Before they stormed into the sea they were treated to fire dance on the beach

Jax Higginson organises the annual event and has so far raised more than £30,000 for the charity
The fire dancer put on a spectacular display as they waited for dawn to break before dashing into the sea
One couple leap into the air as they charge into the freezing sea

A woman takes a seat in the surf as the sun rises during the event

“It made a big difference to the atmosphere. There were lots of people gathering on the beach this morning and lots of excitement.

“People do it for different reasons. Some people do it as a crazy, wild experience to step out of their comfort zone, some people do it to connect with nature and other people do it to celebrate life and their bodies.

“We always do it as close to the Autumn Equinox as possible. This is the first time we have dipped on the actual day of the Equinox.

“The exact moment was 2.30am this morning and we ran into the sea a few hours after.

“We had the most perfect conditions. It was really still and clear and we had some wild waves. It was wonderful.

“Every year I am just blown away by the people that commit to it and support it – I’m really grateful.”

Tesco Accidentally Filled Station Petrol Tank With Water

Tesco’s filling station in Eastville, Bristol, was closed and police were called to deal with stricken cars after the incident.

Videos show several broken down cars and vans on the forecourt, on a nearby roundabout, and on the road from the Tesco to the nearby M32.

Intial reports suggested the diesel and petrol tanks had been mixed up – but Tesco have now confirmed the issue was down to water in the tank.

Taking to social media, one driver said: “Don’t fill up from Tesco. They have mixed up petrol with diesel at the pump. They’ve put the wrong fuel in the pumps.

Four cars are broken down, God knows how many there are more.”

Accordong to the story reported by Daily Star, Tesco confirmed they do not believe this issue is impacting any other filling stations aside from the one in Eastville.

The motorist added: “Four cars are broken down, God knows how many there are more.

“Some of the cars have broken down on the motorway, some on the roundabouts – chaos.”

Video also shared on Twitter as a crowd of people gathered on the forecourt with their stricken vehicles.

Engineers are now on the scene and the Tesco petrol station is now closed while the issue is resolved.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they were called to the M32 to reports of a broken down vehicle at 5.40am.

A spokesman for Tesco said: “Our preliminary investigation has found water in the fuel at one of the storage tanks at our Bristol East Extra petrol station.

“The petrol station remains closed whilst we investigate the cause, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.”