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Crawley undertaker among 29 people disqualified after being caught drink-driving

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An undertaker from Wilberforce Close in Crawley was arrested in Tollgate Hill, Crawley after being caught driving over the legal limit allowed for alcohol consumption.

He is among 83 people who were arrested as part of Surrey and Sussex’s Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

The campaign ran from 24th June to 7th July.

So far 29 of those arrested have been convincted in court with the remaining either charges, released under investigation or released without charge.

Perhaps of those caught it is the response of one woman from Bexhill that is most alarming.

She was caught as she went to collect her children from school. When stopped by the police her reponse was:

“I just like a drink when it’s sunny; I only had one”.

She was subsequently charged with driving with 55mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 24 July she was disqualified from driving for 36 months. She was also ordered to pay a £415 fine, £85 costs and a £41 victim surcharge.

It is the second time that she has been convicted of drink-driving, having committed the same offence in June 2017.

Police say that if you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. 

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

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Report reveals Airbus missed drone by just metres at Gatwick Airport

The crew claim that had autopilot been on then they could have collided with the drone.

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A report just released has revealed that an Airbus A320 narrowly avoided hitting a drone as it came in to land at Gatwick Airport back in the summer.

This is the second narrow miss reported by crew as they came in to land at Gatwick this year. In April another A320 crew reported having to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

This occasion the drone was much closer though.

The report by the UK Airprox Board says that the A320 pilot was in the late stages of a manual ILS approach into Gatwick.

Interestingly it also says that the crew had taken on extra fuel dure to reports of drone activtity in the London area and also by the controller.

As the plane descended past 350ft the captain called out “drone” which both crew saw being slightly left ahead of them.

The crew were able to keep visual contact with the drone as they flew past but the drone was only 100m away and at the same height as the plane.

The crew were unable to make an evasive manoevre due to the speed of the event and they later reported that if the plane had still been on autopilot then they believed there was a high probablity they would have struck the drone.

The first officer, a drone enthusiast, identified the drone as a DJI Inspire.

The incident happened on the 8th July and was classed as a category A which is the highest risk category given.

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