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You could get a £5,000 fine for singing too loudly in your car

Bad news if you enjoy a loud sing-along in the car.

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If you like to enjoy a little sing-along in the car you best be careful, as you could get a fine if you take it too far.

The due diligence we need to be showing behind the wheel goes beyond just paying attention to the traffic lights, speed limit and generally being a careful driver.

You could face a £5,000 fine for getting carried away while singing or listening to loud music, as it falls under ‘carelessness’, The Mirror reports.


Motoring experts are warning that drivers having a loud sing-along in your car could get you a ‘dangerous driving’ or ‘not being in proper control of a vehicle’ charge, and furthermore, if you end up in an accident you might get a £5,000 fine and nine points on your licence.

Hire firm Select Car Leasing delivered the warning, with director Mark Tongue saying: “Listening to music in your car is one thing, but if you’re singing loudly, dancing in your seat and generally getting into the groove, then you’re at risk of being distracted from the job at hand – which is keeping your eyes on the road.

“If there’s evidence – either dashcam footage or testimony from a police officer – that you were dancing and singing prior to an accident, you could ultimately be prosecuted for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention.”


And it doesn’t stop there. He added: “The penalties can be severe – up to a £5,000 fine and nine points on your licence in the most serious of circumstances. You’ve also got to consider the implications of having your music too loud. If you’re drowned in sound, you may not be able to hear emergency vehicles approaching or other drivers’ warning horns.”

Mark also had a warning for football fans: “Meanwhile football supporters also need to be wary. If you’re going wild in your car celebrating a goal, you’re not paying attention to the traffic around you.”

Sophie Allinson, a specialist criminal and motoring solicitor at David Gray Solicitors LLP, added: “The police could choose to prosecute you if the way you listened to music caused a distraction as you drove. If it prevents you from driving with due care and attention, it could end in prosecution, and that includes singing or dancing at the wheel.”

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Emma Patterson, principal solicitor at motoring law specialist Patterson Law, said drivers could face three charges, ‘dangerous driving’, ‘careless driving’, and ‘not being in proper control of a vehicle’. She added: “It is entirely possible that listening to music too loudly could lead to a prosecution.”

So there you go, obviously you can still have a bit of a sing in the car, but don’t get carried away with it…

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Huge illegal party at Manchester University student halls caught on video

Fines have been issued…

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A huge illegal party at the University of Manchester’s student halls was caught on camera this week.

The large gathering of students was recorded on Snapchat, taking part in a big party just outside the Owens Park halls located in Fallowfield.

The incident, which took place late Thursday night and into Friday morning, was broken up by police and campus security.

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Partygoers can be heard shouting and chanting loudly in one video, which was captioned with ‘Covid wah?’, while another clip shows people dancing to music from a sound system.

The University of Manchester has released a statement, with a spokesperson saying the uni ‘strongly condemns’ the students’ actions.

According to the university, students that were involved are having their details recorded, with some going through a disciplinary process, while others have already been issued fines by the police.

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A university spokesperson said: “We are aware of this party and our security services worked with Greater Manchester Police to shut it down.

“This behaviour is totally unacceptable and the University strongly condemns it. We have been clear and consistent with our messaging around student conduct and behaviour in halls and we will be working hard to identify those involved.

“Our students must respect social distancing rules and all other restrictions to keep themselves and others safe.

“If students do not comply, they will face disciplinary action from the University, which could lead to fines or expulsion, and we will not hesitate to involve the police if necessary.

“Some students have already been issued with fixed penalty notices by the police. Additional security officers have been deployed in Fallowfield and further reminders sent.

“Details of offending students are being recorded and a number of these will now go through our disciplinary process.”

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Gordon Ramsay has angered everyone again with his £56 Sunday roast

Not again…

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Gordon Ramsay has done it again, and this time fans are very unimpressed by his £56 Sunday roast. 

The TV chef has already been dragged for serving up a £19 Full English breakfast that was ‘pitiful’, with fans saying ‘where’s the rest of it?’

Someone also left a one-star review on TripAdvisor for ‘five small slices of meat and over salted fries’, aka steak and chips at his restaurant. 

Gordon announced the news of his Sunday lunch at the Savoy Grill in London on Instagram, writing:  “Sunday’s at @SavoyGrillGordonRamsay roast sirloin of beef with all the trimmings… absolutely stunning!!”.

Except fans were pretty disappointed that ‘all the trimmings’ didn’t exactly mean ‘all’.

One person wrote: “Is that a child’s portion?”, while another added: “Where’s the rest of it?”

A third person commented: “Error 404. Trimmings not found.”

The worst bit, the restaurant charges £56 for two courses and a drink.

The roast uses ‘prime local produce’ and the ‘precise culinary techniques’ used mean guests can ‘revel in the delights of roast sirloin of beef, seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding, followed by a classic Savoy dessert – Baked Alaska’.

The website adds that you can top it off with your choice of ‘Bloody Mary or fruit cocktail’ for a two course experience ‘you’ll remember’.

But not everyone was as mortified as others.

One person pointed out: “If you want shit food and lots of it for a cheap price go to a Toby carvery, if you want quality food from a Michelin star chef it comes with a price!”

Another added: “Oh hell yes!” 

What do you think, would you pay £56 for a roast? 

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Man shares cleaning hack that shows how dirty your ‘clean’ towels actually are

This is disgusting…

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Jared Guynes shared his wife’s cleaning hack for towels, warning that ‘clean’ towels are actually pretty nasty.

People have been left seriously grossed out by this towel cleaning hack that reveals just how dirty your ‘clean’ towels actually are.

Sharing pictures of freshly cleaned towels in grimy water on Facebook, Jared has racked up over 86,000 shares and loads of people have vowed to give this a go.

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Despite these towels having just gone through a wash, the bathtub is full of thick, cloudy brown water. Jared said your towels are ‘probably this nasty too’. 

His wife got the cleaning tip from a YouTube video for ‘towel stripping’. The deep clean requires a cocktail of Arm & Hammer, baking soda, borax, Oxi Clean and hot water in the bath, and soaking your towels overnight.

Jared wrote: “In this case she took our collection of clean towels, let me say that again, the towels were totally clean, washed and folded and in the linen closet, completely clean, completely normal.

“The story that she told me is that over the years of use, microscopic amounts of soap and detergent get locked in to the fibres of the towels.

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“Subsequently that stuff gets gummed up and can also trap microscopic amounts of dirt and grime and bacteria, even after going through the washing machine with detergent.

“So after seeing someone else do it she decided to do the experiment on our own towels here in the tub.

“I’m literally freaking out right now. The towels at your house, no matter how clean you think they are, are probably this nasty too.”

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There are over 32,000 comments on the original post but not everyone is convinced the dirt is actually from the towels.

One pointed out: “It’s the combination of chemicals. nothing on your clean towels can product that colour of water”. And another added ‘this would be impressive with white towels’.

But others are shuddering at the thought of how dirty other things in their house could be. One added: “Just think of your bed sheets, pillows, duvet and mattress. Then there’s underwear too.”

 

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