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Police apologise after ‘misunderstanding’ as tweet appears to ‘dictate’ what you shouldn’t buy legally at Christmas (but post stays up)



The sentiment was clear but the execution caused outrage from some residents with one resident asking how they had the right to ‘dictate’ about something that was legal to purchase.

The Roads Policing Unit for Surrey posted a tweet that appeared to make it clear what people should not buy at Christmas.

The post was then retweeted by Crawley Police.

The tweet, which has remained up, said:

But some residents pointed out the fact that, whilst they understood that the police were trying to highlight how the scooters could only be used on private land, the wording came across as though they had the right to tell people what they could or could not buy that was perfectly legal.

Sarah from Maidenbower said:

“It’s hard enough trying to work out what to buy at Christmas as it is but who gave them the right to dictate to us. They are not illegal to buy. It’s like saying don’t buy a saucepan because it’s illegal to hit someone with it.”

Reaction to the post however did highlight a lot of peoples dismay at the escooters with one posting:

“They should be banned a hazard on our roads to them selves motorists and pedestrians. They ridden without due care and attention.”

Surrey Police apologised in a statement saying:

We would like to apologise for any misunderstanding caused by our tweet in relation to buying an electric scooter for Christmas.

The tweet was intended to explain the legal restrictions in relation to electric scooters.

We would like to clarify that while it is legal to buy an electric scooter, it is illegal for scooters to be used on a public road, footpath or tracks under current government legislation. As such they can only be used on private land or in a garden, unless registered as part of the Government’s ‘Future Transport Zones’ trial.

You can read more on this trial and what it means for the use of electric scooters on the Government website here.

But despite the apology the tweet has remained up.

Sussex Police have been approached for comment.


Crawley drink-driver almost four times legal limit “felt fine” to drive



A motorist who caused this crash, while almost four times the drink-drive limit, said he “felt fine to drive”.

Lincoln Simmons was driving a blue Volkswagen Passat on the A23 London Road, Crawley, about 1pm on 2 December when he collided a black Renault Clio.

The impact caused the Clio to mount the roundabout and crash through road signage. The driver – a 53-year-old woman from Haywards Heath – sustained significant bruising.

The Passat failed to stop at the scene and was located a short distance away, near Gatwick Airport.

Simmons failed a roadside breath test, and was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to stop after a road traffic collision, and driving with 139mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system. The legal limit is 35mcg.

In police interview, he stated he had consumed a litre of vodka the previous evening and a small bottle of whiskey prior to the crash, but claimed he is “used to drinking” so it “takes a lot of alcohol to feel the effects”.

The 48-year-old, who is unemployed, of Galahad Road, Crawley, pleaded guilty to both offences and was disqualified from driving for 32 months when he appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 11 February.

He was also given a 12-month community order requiring him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and must pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said:

“One of the most common excuses we hear from drink-drivers is that they “felt fine” to drive. But even a small amount of alcohol has the ability to impair your judgement and reaction time.

“Feeling fine is not a good judgement of your ability to drive. If you drink and drive you are committing an offence which carries with it a risk of serious injury or death to yourself or someone else.

 “The bottom line is there is no excuse to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Our priority is to keep everyone safe on our roads, and we will continue to crack down on anyone who compromises this.”

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