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Drivers now face an automatic £100 fine for driving in the wrong lane on all UK motorways

This comes after a recent rule overhaul in the Highway Code

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A new system implemented across all UK motorways means drivers now face an automatic £100 fine when driving in the wrong lane.

Thanks to newly installed cameras, motorists will be issued with an automatic £100 fine and the risk of three points on their license if they’re seen driving in the wrong lane.

This applies to anyone who drives in a shut lane, which will usually be marked with a red ‘X’ on the overhead signs. 

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The National Highways recently Tweeted: “There’s no eXcuse – don’t ignore the red X. It’s illegal to drive in a red X lane and motorway cameras can now automatically detect drivers who flout the law.

“You could receive a £100 fine and get three points on your licence.”

Last month, smart motorway drivers were hit with unlimited fines for dangerous driving in an overhaul of the Highway Code, which included a number of new rules for dangerous driving.

A statement from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency said: “The changes made refer to guidance on smart motorways. A total of thirty-three existing rules will be amended and two new rules introduced.”

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This comes just months after a ‘serial middle lane-hogger‘ had her car confiscated by the Greater Manchester Police Traffic unit when caught driving in, you guessed it, the middle lane of the M60.

Greater Manchester Police traffic officers spotted the red Toyota Yaris ignoring matrix board signs instructing drivers to use the left lane. Upon being pulled over, officers quickly discovered that the woman hadn’t insured her car, resulting in the vehicle being seized. 

GMP Traffic tweeted: “#ME14 saw this Yaris hogging the middle lane of the M60. Ignored the matrix board to ‘use left lane’ followed by Instruction to ‘follow me’ off the motorway.

“Driver then stopped live lane! When stopped checks found the driver to have no insurance! Seized & reported.”

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Sir David Amess MP has died after stabbing incident, police say

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A Conservative MP has died after being stabbed multiple times in his constituency.

Sir David Amess was attacked during an incident at his constituency surgery, Sky News reported earlier this afternoon.

According to police, he was treated by emergency services but died at the scene.

Sir David represents Southend West in Essex, and was reportedly attacked at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

According to Sky News, a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed the MP multiple times.

He received treatment at the scene for his injuries, with emergency services at the scene.

The road surrounding the location has been closed off while the incident is dealt with. 

Police said in a statement: “A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

“We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

“We attended and found a man injured.

“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.

“A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.

“He is currently in custody.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

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Conservative MP Sir David Amess stabbed multiple times in ‘major incident’

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According to reports this afternoon, a Conservative MP has been stabbed multiple times in his constituency.

Sir David Amess was attacked during an incident at his constituency surgery, Sky News reports.

Sir David represents Southend West in Essex, and was reportedly attacked at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

According to Sky News, a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed the MP multiple times.

The latest updates suggest he has been receiving treatment at the scene for his injuries, and police are reportedly at the scene.

The road surrounding the location has been closed off while the incident is dealt with.

Essex Police have confirmed a man has now been arrested. 

They wrote on Twitter: “A man’s been arrested following an incident in Leigh-on-Sea.

“We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm.

“A man was arrested shortly after & we’re not looking for anyone else.

“We’ll bring you more info when we have it.”

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The Manchester Christmas Markets is moving to Piccadilly Gardens this year

Big changes for the Christmas Markets this year…

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Manchester’s beloved Christmas Markets are making a grand return to the city this year, but its main hub will be found in a different location.

While the heart of the markets is usually centered around Albert Square, ongoing renovations to the Town Hall have forced them to move to Piccadilly Gardens, the council have confirmed today.

The area will be transformed into the ‘Winter Gardens’, with all the usual yuletide bars, market stalls and food huts.

Plans for the Winter Gardens also include a one-way system and separate entrances and exits, as well as a strict limit on visitors to limit the spread of Covid-19.

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They are also adding a fully accessible toilet to make the Winter Garden as inclusive as possible.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “It’s wonderful to welcome back our world-famous Christmas Markets and the addition of the Winter Gardens for the very first time.

“Manchester has been the capital of Christmas for twenty-two years since the very first Christmas Market arrived in the UK in 1999 and we know it was a huge disappointment that we had to scale back our celebrations last year.

“We’re making up for lost time this year and I can’t wait to see the transformation in the city centre into the festive wonderland we know and love.”

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Last year, in what would have been the markets’ twenty-first birthday, the festivities were cancelled as a result of the pandemic, much to the dismay of Mancunians all across the region.

At the time, Councillor Karney said that even the proposed smaller markets didn’t meet public health approval, adding that the council ‘could never take any risks’ with people’s wellbeing.

He said: “We’ve cancelled everything. It’s not met our commercial and public health tests, so the three markets in those locations have been cancelled, and won’t take place. It was a million miles from the traditional Christmas Markets, which obviously people would have been very anxious about.”

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