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West Sussex Fire Service’s warning to drivers with unrestrained animals

West Sussex Fire Service reminds drivers they may be at risk of large fines if they do not properly restrain their animals when driving.

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Do you know the law when it comes to properly restraining your pets?

We all know and understand the dangers of driving without wearing a seatbelt, and most of us abide by the law when it comes to them. But not so many of us seem to be aware of the law when it comes to properly restraining ‘man’s best friend’.

Research by Dogs Trust reveals that almost half (48%) of UK dog owners could be breaking the Highway Code by not restraining their dogs properly in the car. So what can we do to keep our furry friends restrained when in the car?

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Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”

So, according to the Highway Code, using a ‘seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard’ are all acceptable ways of obeying the law when taking our pets out for a drive.

West Sussex Fire Service has taken to Twitter to remind West Sussex’s dog (and cat) owners to keep their animals properly restrained in the car.

Failure to follow the law means drivers could be pulled over by police for driving without proper control of the car which will land them £1,000 fine.

As mentioned in West Sussex Fire’s Tweet it could mean ‘failing to drive with due care and attention’ which carries a maximum fine of £2,500 and nine penalty points.

In more extreme cases, it could lead to a driving ban and a compulsory re-test – drivers may be invalidating their insurance.

Were you aware of these laws? And will it change the way you drive with your canine companion?

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Police appeal for information following jewellery stolen in Southgate, Crawley

Police are appealing for information following the theft of sentimental jewellery from a Crawley property.

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A total of four rings, eight earrings, four necklaces, nine bracelets and £200 were stolen from a house in Wolstonbury Close, Crawley, between 6 and 17 September.

PC Luke Farley said: “The victims were away when the burglary took place, and the incident has left them very upset.

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“A lot of the jewellery stolen holds sentimental value and we would like to return them to their rightful owners.

“We would like to speak to anyone who noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area during the time the items could have gone missing.

“Do you have house CCTV footage that captured anything unusual?

“We are also urging everyone to keep an eye out for the jewellery being sold either in shops or online and to contact us immediately if you see it.”

You can report information to Sussex Police either online or by calling 101 quoting reference 783 of 17/09.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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