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On Monday afternoon, following reports of anti-social driving, PC Baldwin stopped a Mercedes in Thorpe. Checks showed that the driver only had a provisional licence and wasn't displaying L plates or being properly supervised. The driver produced a provisional licence, but said he had passed his test several months ago and was waiting to update his driving licence photo before claiming his full licence. After some enquiries it turned out his story was genuine, but he risked being prosecuted and having the vehicle seized. Further checks showed that he wasn't listed as a named driver on the insurance policy, and didn't have any other policy that would cover him for driving the vehicle, so the car was seized anyway under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act for no insurance. The driver now faces 6 points on his brand new licence, which means he is likely to lose it (due to being in his first 2 years of driving) before he even gets his hands on it. Please report anti-social driving. We do take it seriously and will do our best (amongst various other commitments) to act on the information provided.

 

 

This Christmas, please remember that e-scooters are illegal. Please don’t buy one as a gift for yourself or someone else. Also, you might remember seeing news stories about house fires caused by e-scooters and electric bicycles. Please don’t take the risk. Earlier this week, Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team stopped to speak to two teenage females riding an electric scooter in Englefield Green. The rider was carrying their friend as a passenger. The rider had previously committed e-scooter related offences, so officers seized the scooter under S165. However, the rider became verbally abusive and kicked one of the officers  so she was arrested for assaulting an emergency worker and for a public order offence. She has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

 

It is against the law to use a privately owned e-scooter on any public road or land in England. Only e-scooters hired through government authorised trial schemes in selected towns and cities are legal. The reason e-scooters are illegal is because there is no special category for them within existing legislation, so they have to be interpreted under the existing legislation and are deemed to be a mechanically propelled vehicle like a car or a motorbike. Therefore, to be legal they would have to be registered with the DVLA, comply with MOT requirements, and you would need a suitable licence and insurance to ride them. Unfortunately, this isn’t currently possible. The Government trials will help to decide how they should be incorporated into law. If you are stopped by Police while riding an illegal e-scooter you could face any of the following, depending on the circumstances: words of advice and a leaflet; a warning under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002, or having the scooter seized if you have already had a warning; having the scooter seized under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act for riding it without a licence or insurance; being prosecuted for multiple offences (including riding without a licence or insurance). If riding whilst using a handheld mobile phone you could also be prosecuted for this. You could also be subject to a roadside breath test or drug test and could be arrested and prosecuted if you are over the limit for alcohol or drugs.

 

 


On  Tuesday afternoon PC Rance was on foot patrol on Station Road in Addlestone when a member of the public pointed out a pair of suspects who had been involved in shoplifting offences in the area. One of the suspects did not want to stick around for a chat and a foot chase ensued which ended with him being detained, thanks to PC Rance’s nifty footwork (and a well-timed passing car blocking his escape)! The other suspect didn’t even bother trying to run and was also detained. It turned out that the two suspects had recently been forensically linked to a burglary in Weybridge as well. Both suspects were arrested for a variety of offences, and some suspected stolen property was recovered. Thanks to PC Rance’s excellent pro-active Policing, and a big team effort involving several officers from SNT, NPT and NPIT, (for which PC Rance would like to express his thanks) both suspects were charged with all of the offences. Some of the officers finished work several hours late, which can have a big impact on their personal, social and family lives. On top of that, because neither of the suspects are residents of Runnymede and have no reason to be in the Borough, they were both given Community Protection Warnings with conditions not to enter the Borough of Runnymede. Well done PC Rance!

 

 

Whilst out patrolling on Sunday night, officers tracked a speeding car onto the Royal Holloway campus, where they found it parked up and the driver, a 20-year-old man, still sat inside. Following a negative breath test, both the driver and the vehicle were searched for drugs, with a negative result. However, the driver’s behaviour meant that officers remained suspicious he had taken drugs prior to driving, and a drugs wipe was administered. He tested positive for cannabis and was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit. He has since been released under investigation. Drug driving is considered just as dangerous as drink driving and it carries the same penalties. If caught, drivers face a 12-month driving ban, an unlimited fine, potential jail time, and a criminal record. They also risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or someone else.

 


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