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Avara Foods responds after 5,500 chickens in lorry crash on A49

AVARA Foods says its investigating the possible causes of a crash which saw one of its lorries carrying more than 5,500 birds overturn near Leominster.

Emergency services were called to the A49 at Dinmore, between Hereford and Leominster, shortly after 9am on Thursday to reports of an overturned lorry and fuel spill.

West Mercia Police later confirmed 5,580 live birds were being carried by the articulated lorry.

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Avara Foods, which has a chicken processing factory in Red Barn Drive in Hereford, said the chickens were its “immediate priority”.

“We can confirm a truck carrying chickens overturned earlier today,” a spokesperson for the company said.

“As live animals are involved our immediate priority is to take care of them, and there is a veterinarian at the scene assessing the birds.

“We are working with the police and highways to recover the vehicle in order to reopen the road as quickly as possible.

“The driver appears to be unhurt, but we are still investigating the possible causes of the incident, so there is little more that we can say at this time.”

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Avara Foods refused to say how many birds were killed or injured.

Police said the road was expected to remain closed overnight on Thursday as work to repair barriers takes place, and resurfacing work was likely.

M6 shut for three hours after lorry bursts into flames

This was the scene on the M6 this morning when a truck burst into flames.

The dramatic image was captured by traffic cops as the southbound carriageway was shut off between junctions 16 for Bathomley and junction 15 for Hanchurch while emergency services descended on the area.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service[1] took to social media at around 3.30am this morning to confirm that three engines were at the scene where firefighters were making ‘good progress’ in tackling the blaze.

Top story: Expectant mum, 21, feared for unborn baby’s life in A500 taxi crash[2]

Meanwhile traffic officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) were also at the scene and said it was the second of two separate vehicle fires they had attended on the network during the night.

Highways England put out an alert to motorists via Twitter at 2.35am to say that all traffic had been temporarily stopped while the blaze was tackled.

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Later updates confirmed there would be no access to the southbound carriageway between junctions 16 to 14 while ’emergency resurfacing works’ were carried out.

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By 5.40am and one lane was shut before all lanes were back open by around 6.10am.

The cause of the fire has not yet been revealed.

It is not known if anyone suffered any injuries during the incident.

Tragedy truck driver ‘haunted’ by his mistake – court

A COURT has heard a heartbreaking statement from a north Cumbrian woman whose husband died as the result of a lorry driver’s careless driving.

Wetheral man Mike Seminara, 71, was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather, the city’s crown court heard.

What had begun as a pleasant day out with his friends cycling ended tragically when he was struck by a lorry trailer on a roundabout of the A689 bypass north of Carlisle[1].

In court yesterday, lorry driver Neil Gass, 48, was given a suspended jail term after he admitted causing the pensioner’s death by careless driving.

The tragedy happened on March 29, 2018. Gass was originally charged with causing death by dangerous driving. A jury cleared him of that charge, though Gass always admitted his driving that day was careless.

But as a result of legal “errors,” the court heard, his initial admission of carelessness did not amount to a conviction and this delayed the resolution of the case by several months.

Gass, of Prior Avenue, Canonbie, later formally admitted causing Mr Seminara’s death by careless driving.

The trial had heard that Mr Seminara – a keen and experienced cyclist – was on his electric bike and cycling with two friends on the morning of the accident.

As they approached the roundabout, his friends moved on to a cycle-path. Mr Seminara stayed on the roundabout.

Gass accepted that as he negotiated the roundabout he made a split-second “careless assumption” about which roundabout exit Mr Seminara would take.

He believed the pensioner – in a high-visibility jacket – would take the second exit but Mr Seminara was intending to take the third exit on to the Cargo road.

It was as Gass tried to pull past him that his trailer collided with Mr Seminara.

The court heard a moving statement from the dead man’s widow Joyce, to whom he was married for 56 years.

She and her family had felt let down by the justice system, with earlier legal errors causing delays which prevented them from moving on with their lives, she said.

“I miss my husband every single day,” she added. “It’s been hard during the pandemic. We should have been at home together yet I had to go through this alone.”

“It has been hard during the pandemic. We should have been at home isolating together yet I had to go through this alone.”

Of the impact of the tragedy on the family, she said: “Mike has been taken away from them far too soon. All of the family have had a difficult time coming to terms with Mike’s death.

“He was always willing to help anyone.

“Mike lost his life because of a careless driver and I would like that to mean something.”

Lisa Judge, for Gass, said he offered his sincere apology to the Seminara family though he recognised that they were unlikely to forgive him.

The barrister highlighted a probation officer’s reports which had  “made numerous references to the defendant’s clear, unequivocal and palpable remorse.”

She characterised Gass’s error as a “momentary lapse of attention”.

Recorder David Temkin described the tragedy as a “truly sad case” and Mrs Seminara’s victim impact statement as “powerful.”

He spoke of how she had described her husband as a dedicated family man, devoted to her, their children and grandchildren and wider family.

He had loved the outdoors, swimming, fell-walking, and cycling, which had become more important in his life. He had enjoyed cycling in Europe and extensively across the UK.

His death had left an emptiness in his wife’s life, said the judge, noting how Mr Seminara’s family were in court to witness the sentencing exercise.

Mrs Seminara had said dealing with the court process felt like a kind of limbo. “She said she misses Mike every day.” She spoke also of the devastating effect on their son and daughters of losing Mr Seminara, who had a great sense of humour.

On the day of the accident, as a cyclist, Mr Seminara had been “by definition vulnerable,” said the judge.

Recorder Temkin rejected the defence barrister’s claim that Gass’s attempt to overtake Mr Seminara on the roundabout could be characterised as simply “momentary inattention”.

“You should have slowed down and you should have stayed behind the cyclist,” said the judge, remarking on the narrowness of the road and the greater likelihood of an HGV causing injury or even death if driven unsafely.

There was therefore a need, when driving near a cycist, for him to take greater care, commented the judge. He noted how in 2014 Gass was fined £600 for careless driving.

But the judge noted also that Gass on the day of the tragedy was not speeding, not showing impatience, and not distracted; how he had shown immediate remorse and concern for Mr Seminara.

“I accept entirely that you are very, very sorry,” Recorder Temkin told Gass.

The judge said he was particularly moved by a letter from the defendant’s wife, who described how Gass was haunted by the tragedy, dreamed about it and was now suffering from post-traumatic stress.

Gass was described as a “trustworthy and courteous” and man of “integrity and honour” and the judge accepted that his remorse was “genuine and enduring.”

After considering all of the relevant factors, said the judge, he concluded that there was strong mitigation and a realistic prospect of rehabiliation.

In view of this, he could suspend the jail term he would impose.

The Recorder imposed a 12-week jail term, suspended for 18 months, and he ruled that Gass must take a computer based driver awareness course.

The judge also banned the defendant from driving for 15 months but ruled that there was no need for the defendant to take an extended retest when his ban expires.

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Attorney for Bill Cosby thinks ‘angry energy’ should be directed at the prosecutors

Jennifer Bonjean, an attorney for Bill Cosby[1], joined Cuomo Prime Time[2] Wednesday, where she said the anger over the disgraced comedian’s release from prison[3] is misdirected. Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction[4] was vacated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court due to prosecutors using evidence from a 2005 deposition in which Cosby incriminated himself[5], the issue being that Cosby was promised[6] by the district attorney at the time that he would not be tried if he gave up his 5th Amendment rights and took part in the deposition.

“There had been an agreement, and a lot of this energy, this angry energy should really be directed at the prosecutors because this is a case about prosecutorial misconduct,” Bonjean said. “You may take issue with Mr. Castor for having made the agreement in the first place, and you should also take issue with the prosecutors who refused to honor that agreement.”

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  5. ^ incriminated himself (www.vulture.com)
  6. ^ promised (6abc.com)

Sodexo wins UK deal for more COVID-19 test centres

PARIS (Reuters) – French business services company Sodexo has been chosen to operate a further 121 fixed and mobile COVID-19 testing centres in the UK in a deal that it said could be worth 404 million pounds ($557 million).

Sodexo said the contract, struck with the UK’s Department of Health & Social Care, would make it the country’s largest provider of such testing centres.

“Sodexo’s teams have moved quickly to set up COVID-19 testing centres as part of the industry-wide effort to tackle the pandemic,” said Stuart Winters, head of Sodexo UK & Ireland’s healthcare business.

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Suspected migrants found ‘struggling to breathe’ in lorry on England’s M25

Twelve people have been found in the back of a lorry on the M25 after police were alerted by concerned members of the public.

Emergency services were called to the motorway near Chertsey, Surrey, in southern England, after receiving reports at about 11am on Thursday that people were on board and struggling to breathe.

Surrey Police officers stopped lorries to find the correct one. Eleven men and a woman, believed to be migrants from Ethiopia, were found inside a vehicle.

Traffic was “backed up for miles” as a result of the incident, a witness said.

Motorist Melissa Bell was travelling eastbound on the M25 to Leatherhead when traffic ground to a halt.

“There was a lorry which had been stopped by multiple police cars and there were ambulances there, too,” Ms Bell said.

“There were numerous East African-looking men. Some were lying face-down on the hard shoulder and some sat up with masks on.

“I just couldn’t understand it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Surrey Police said the lorry was stopped between junctions 10 and 11 on the anti-clockwise carriageway about 11.30am. Two lanes of the motorway were closed while officers dealt with the incident.

The roads policing unit confirmed both junctions reopened about 1.45pm.

“Officers were given a very limited description of a lorry and were told that people on board were struggling to breathe,” a force representative said.

“This resulted in police needing to stop a number of lorries quickly to try to identify the one involved.”

The suspected migrants were checked by paramedics at the roadside before being taken into police custody.

The matter will now be dealt with by immigration enforcement.

“The government is tackling illegal immigration and the harm it causes, often to the most vulnerable people, by removing those with no right to be in the UK,” Immigration Minister Chris Philp told Sky News.

“We continue to work with law enforcement agencies and tackle illegal migration in all its forms.

“Our New Plan for Immigration will speed up the removal of those who have entered the UK illegally.”

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Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

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Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

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Crash between car and lorry closes Scots road as emergency services scrambled

A SMASH between a car and lorry has taken place on an Aberdeenshire road as emergency services have rushed to the scene.

The crash happened around 5.20pm at the junction of the A96 and A920 in Huntly.

A crash between a car and a lorry has taken place in Huntly, Aberdeenshire

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A crash between a car and a lorry has taken place in Huntly, AberdeenshireCredit: Google Maps

Emergency services were scrambled after the alarm was raised, with the A96 closed in both directions and two fire crews sent to the road collision.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed cutting equipment, stabilisation gear and small tools were used during the rescue.

It is not yet known if anyone was injured in the smash.


Glasgow woman found dead in Woodlands flat as police lock down scene[1]


Emergency services are still in attendance and enquiries into the crash are ongoing.

Traffic Scotland said traffic is “looking heavy on surrounding routes” following the smash.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A two-vehicle crash has taken place at the junction of the A96 and A920. We were alerted around 5.20pm.

“The road’s currently closed in both directions and emergency services are at the scene.”

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Live updates after pedestrian knocked down by lorry in Wigston

A pedestrian is believed to have been injured in a collision involving a lorry in Wigston town centre.

Emergency services are currently at the scene of the crash, in Long Street.

It is not clear exactly what time the incident happened, however, an air ambulance was spotted landing in the nearby Aylestone Lane Park at about 7.30pm.

The street is currently blocked to traffic, with diversions in place.

We are reporting on this incident live. To read updates as they happen, read below.

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Car and lorry crash closes A96 in both directions at Huntly

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Desperate migrants ‘struggling to breathe’ in back of lorry spark rescue mission

1 July 2021, 19:29

A group of migrants were found in a lorry on the M25 on Thursday
A group of migrants were found in a lorry on the M25 on Thursday. Picture: Surrey Police RPU

A group of desperate migrants who were “struggling to breathe” were found in the back of a lorry on the M25 on Thursday.

Police were alerted to the plight of the 12 occupants at around 11am after receiving phone calls saying people were inside the vehicle.

The lorry was stopped on the section of the motorway near Chertsey following a report that those on board were “struggling to breathe”.

All those on board were checked by paramedics before being taken into police custody, where immigration officials will look into their case.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said: “Officers were given a very limited description of a lorry, and were told that people on board were struggling to breathe.

“This resulted in police needing to stop a number of lorries quickly to try and identify the one involved.

“The correct lorry was stopped between J10 and 11 on the anti-clockwise carriageway around 11:30am.

“Eleven men and one woman, believed to be clandestine migrants, were found in the back of the lorry.

“They have been checked by paramedics at the roadside and taken into police custody. Immigration services will be dealing with the matter.

“Two lanes of the motorway were closed whilst officers attended the incident, but have since been reopened.”

After several hours of traffic and disruption, the force’s roads policing unit confirmed junctions 10 and 11 of the M25 reopened at 1:45pm but that the lanes were still very busy.

No arrests have been made and the Home Office has been contacted for comment.

Traffic news service INRIX later said: “Traffic returned to normal, earlier police incident on M25 clockwise between J10 A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J11 A320 St Peters Way (Chertsey).

“Lanes one and two (of four) were closed, traffic was already queueing due to a lorry having a tyre changed just after J11.

Police close M25 and search lorries after panicked migrants dial 999 to say ‘We can’t breathe’

Britain’s busiest motorway was temporarily closed yesterday after police received a panicked call from a group of migrants saying they were in the back of a lorry and struggling to breathe.

Emergency services were called to the M25 in Chertsey, Surrey just after 11am amid fears that a group of stowaways in a container were suffocating.

Unfortunately the police were not given exact details of the lorry involved so were forced to stop a number of vehicles on the road in a desperate bid to find the one involved.

Two lanes of the motorway had to be closed while police carried out searches, creating huge tailbacks.

They eventually identified the correct container between Junctions 10 and 11 and were able to release the group, who were fortunately unharmed.

The incident brought back chilling memories of the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants who perished in the back of a lorry in Essex in October 2019.

Surrey Police said eleven men and a woman from Sudan and Eritrea had been removed from the lorry and after being checked by paramedics had been taken into custody and handed over to the immigration authorities.

Police said it was not believed the driver knew that the migrants were in the back of the lorry, but enquiries were ongoing.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: “Officers were given a very limited description of a lorry, and were told that people on board were struggling to breathe. This resulted in police needing to stop a number of lorries quickly to try and identify the one involved.

“The correct lorry was stopped between J10 and 11 on the anti-clockwise carriageway around 11.30am.

“Eleven men and one woman, believed to be clandestine migrants, were found in the back of the lorry.

“They have been checked by paramedics at the roadside and taken into police custody. Immigration services will be dealing with the matter.

“Two lanes of the motorway were closed whilst officers attended the incident, but have since been reopened.”

Major road closed overnight after chicken lorry overturns

The A49 is closed after a lorry overturned with 5,000 chickens on board this morning.

Herefordshire County Council tweeted at 10.23am: “A49 – Southbound between A417 and with the junction A4103, Dinmore is currently closed due to an RTC[1]. Emergency services on the scene. There will be delayed traffic for some time. Motorists are advised to find an alternative route.”

West Mercia Police have said that they expect the road to be closed overnight.

READ MORE: Gloucester man ‘peeved off’ as ‘inconsiderate’ drivers block pavement and ‘race’ around[2]

Police and a vet are still at the scene, where there is reportedly damage to barriers and possibly the road surface – the chickens were believed to be going to Avara Foods’ in Hereford.[3]

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A spokesperson for the police said: “At around 9.35am today (July 1), we were called to reports of a road traffic incident on the A49 between Hereford and Leominster involving an artic lorry carrying 5,580 chickens.[5]

“No-one was injured in the incident, however the road has been closed due to an oil spillage and diversions are in place.

“Highways England is currently assessing the road to determine how long the closure will need to remain in place.

“A vet has also been called to attend to the needs of the chickens.”

A spokesperson for Highways England South West said “a lorry carrying 5,000[6] chickens overturned on Dinmore Hill, south of Leominster, shortly after 9am on Thursday morning”.

They were unable to say when the road would be fully open again.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service was called at 9.43am today.

They sent two crews to the area, one from Hereford and another from Leominster, they said that they were called because of reports of “an overturned lorry and diesel spill”.

An engineer was also on site to “isolate” the lorry, and crews contained the fuel spillage.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene, but stood down en route as there were no injuries reported.

Murder investigation launched after male, 16, stabbed to death

A murder investigation has been launched in Croydon following the fatal stabbing[1] of a teenage boy.

Police were called at 12.46am on Thursday (July 1) to reports of a disturbance at a residential address on Bracken Avenue in Shrublands.

Officers attended and found a 16-year-old male inside the address suffering from stab wounds.

READ MORE: Police stop lorry on M25 as ‘people on board were struggling to breathe’[2]

They provided immediate first aid prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 01:34hrs.

Next of kin have been informed while police are awaiting formal identification.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

At this early stage police say they are retaining an open mind concerning motive.

A homicide investigation has been launched, led by Detective Chief Inspector Dave Blair of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

He said: “At this early stage we have two active crime scenes, the address where a young man lost his life and in nearby Warren Street where the vehicle believed to have been used by the suspects was abandoned.

“I thank the local community for their patience while my officers gather evidence and urge anyone who witnessed any stage of this horrific series of events to come forward and speak with officers.”

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Lorry parking ban lifted in Kent

The decision by ministers to withdraw powers from Kent County Council to clamp HGVs parked in laybys across the county has been welcomed by the logistics sector.

Trade body Logistics UK said the move by the Department for Transport was “great news for all those hardworking drivers who keep the country stocked with everything we need”.

“Lorry drivers, who were deemed ‘essential’ during the pandemic, must be able to take their legally required rests during the day without fear of prohibitions,” said Logistics UK’s policy manager for the South East, Heidi Skinner. 

“While the existing shortage of between 1,000 and 1,200 HGV parking spaces in Kent continues, laybys are often the only option for those seeking somewhere to stop.”

Trade union Unite said services and lorry parks in Kent have become “chronically overcrowded”, with fights breaking out between drivers in extreme cases.

Logistics UK wrote to DfT’s under-secretary Rachel Maclean in June[1] to express its strong objections to Kent County Council’s (KCC) powers to clamp lorries parking in laybys for more than 45 minutes at a time across several areas of Kent.  

She added that the creation of new HGV parking areas must now be a priority. “The shortage of appropriate spaces is a problem which has been highlighted to government for several years now, without any significant action being taken.

“The Dover Straits is such a key link in the UK’s supply chain and it is imperative that those using the route can do so safely, without having to put their health or their loads at risk while in transit.” 

Clamping powers removed

KCC was initially given the authority to clamp and fine parked trucks over five tonnes in restricted zones across seven districts and boroughs from 1 January for six months.

The council said the measure was designed to “help tackle the escalating issue of unlawfully parked lorries on routes to Channel ports” and supported Kent Resilience Forum’s (KRF’s) traffic plan to reduce anticipated EU transition-related disruption.

KCC requested a further six-month extension, while separately consulting on making the temporary powers permanent. This six-month call for views closes on 3 July.

But following the Department for Transport’s (DfT) decision, the 24/7 restrictions across Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone & Hythe, Maidstone, Swale and Thanet came to an end a midnight on 30 June.

KCC ‘disappointed’ by decision

Simon Jones, KCC’s interim corporate director, and director of highways, said: “Having the ability to take action against illegally parked trucks has helped keep our roads moving, protected our local communities and played a significant role in the Kent Resilience Forum’s operational response as Kent, and the UK, adjusts to life outside of the EU.

“We have targeted those areas where unlawful lorry parking causes the biggest problems and we have received positive feedback from many residents and businesses.

“The KRF also recognised the ban would help reduce the risk of disruption in the face of new pressures, such as the expected return of tourist traffic, to Kent’s roads over the coming months.

“In light of this, while we welcome the roads’ minister’s commitment to consider future localised restrictions and use of emergency powers in the event of border issues due to customs changes in the new year, it is disappointing not to have our current broader temporary enforcement powers extended.”

Kent County Council said it was also continuing to discuss with DfT, districts and boroughs, the “long-term issue of lorry parking in Kent”, urging that solutions be found outside of the county.

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