Episode 8 A1: Britain's Longest Road


Episode 8

Documentary series centred on the A1. A suspected stolen vehicle leads police to pull over a driver who is found to be over the drink-drive limit.


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The A1 - Britain's longest road.

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Stretching almost 400 miles from the City of London

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to the heart of the Scottish capital.

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Connecting two nations and passing through 18 counties,

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it's an unrivalled highway used by

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hundreds of thousands of vehicles every day.

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We're going southbound down the A1

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on the northbound carriageway.

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But not all journeys go to plan.

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TYRES SCREECH

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I thought, "I'm going to lose my life."

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Cars are coming close. It is a dangerous place to be.

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Lives can hang in the balance.

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The rear end of that vehicle, it's unrecognisable.

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This is actually the bodywork of the car.

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24 hours a day...

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It's not a safe place here.

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..there's a team of people who keep us safe from harm.

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The police...

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..response teams...

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We don't know whether they've got the road closed,

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-we don't know what's happened.

-..and traffic officers...

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Keep going.

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..keeping Britain's most iconic road...

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-Get out!

-..on the move.

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CAR HORN BLARES

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Substantially damaged flatbed truck in lane two.

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The A1, the monster that it is, it'll start returning to normal.

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Coming up....

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SIREN WAILS

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..police pull a suspected stolen car.

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We've had a report this car is stolen.

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And its driver lands in double trouble.

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Have you been drinking, mate? I can smell drink on you.

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A truck breakdown...

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We've got a live lane coming out here.

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Just watch traffic coming there.

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..puts lives on the line.

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Keep going! Steady!

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Hello!

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And the restaurant girls who serve up specials every day for A1 motorists.

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Yeah, they make you feel really welcome. That's why you keep coming back.

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The Great North Road passes through 18 different counties,

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more than any other highway in the UK.

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15 different police forces patrol it.

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One of their key roles is to crack down on those using the road

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to plan and carry out crimes.

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Just south of Newcastle,

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PC Alan Keenleyside is lying in wait for the latest suspect.

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We're on the A1, we've got a vehicle over on the A19.

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So we're trying to shut off any access south.

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Alan has intelligence to suggest

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a suspected stolen car is heading south

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on the A1, but tonight visibility could hamper the operation.

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The problem is, with the traffic this time of night,

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it's quite hard to spot registration numbers.

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It's a very dirty time of year.

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The salt and things on the roads.

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But even in the gloom of a wet winter night...

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Yeah, I think it's just gone past us.

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It was Alpha-Foxtrot.

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..Alan's eyes don't let him down.

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It was a little Fiesta, looked like red or orange,

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starting A-F. That's all I saw.

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Southbound. I'm just trying to see where it's gone.

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12-34, it was one of around 12, 15 vehicles

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that went past in a batch.

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I certainly can't see it. I'm just heading towards the 690 now.

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Alan needs to check the registration plate with the control room

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to confirm that he has the right car.

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12-34, Alpha-Foxtrot-One-Five.

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Yeah, that could be it. Southbound, approaching 690.

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No attempt to stop. Low risk. Speed seven-zero.

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It's definitely the right car, but Alan has to wait to make his move.

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Backup is en route, but if this driver gets spooked,

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it could end in a risky high-speed chase.

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Weather's dry. He's moved to lane two, back into lane one.

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Approaching the one-mile marker for the 690.

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Then, as the car turns off the A1...

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MUFFLED RADIO MESSAGE

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..Alan gets a break.

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Approaching red light now at the 690.

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That's him there.

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SIREN WAILS

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All right.

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Stand slack, all right?

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Take a seat in my car, momentarily, all right?

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Good man.

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We've had a report that this car is stolen.

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-All right?

-Stolen?!

-Yeah.

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All right, take a seat, we'll find out what's going on.

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Driver's detained.

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Vehicle stopped. No injuries, no damage.

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Have you got the keys, bud?

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Erm, aye, it's a keyless entry thing.

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Keyless entry. Two seconds.

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We'll sort it. We'll get around

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off the slip road and we'll sort it there.

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To minimise disruption to the A1,

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the suspected stolen car needs to be moved to a quieter location.

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What's your occupation? What's your job?

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Unemployed.

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But then, as Alan starts to question the driver,

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he becomes aware of another potential breach of the law.

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Have you been drinking, mate?

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-Mm?

-I smell alcohol on you.

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I'm not saying you're over the limit.

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All I'm saying is, I can smell drink on you.

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-All right.

-OK?

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The officers have pulled off a textbook interception tonight.

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But stopping the driver is only the beginning.

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I'm going to caution you. You do not have to say anything but it may harm

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your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which

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you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.

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I now require you to provide a specimen of breath,

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as I have reasonable cause to suspect you of driving

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a motor vehicle having alcohol in your body.

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And that's because I can smell intoxicating liquor on your breath.

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Alan now has not only a potential stolen car to deal with,

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but a drink-driver, too.

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It's going to be a testing shift.

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Statistically, there is an increased risk of being involved in

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a serious accident on the A1 in wet and foggy conditions.

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It means traffic officers need to be

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extra vigilant when patrolling in bad weather.

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Now, in South Yorkshire,

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Paul Day and Rob Larkin

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are battling through a miserable January rush hour.

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One-three.

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We're just passing the Texaco garage, 38-39.

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On the Alpha - over.

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'One-Three, we've had an update from the police,

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'the driver of the LGV was apparently out in the carriageway.'

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Weather conditions today are dark, wet, raining,

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and a bit of spray on the road as well,

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so it's making visibility quite limited.

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As day breaks, they receive a report

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that a broken-down lorry is blocking the southbound carriageway

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just past the junction for the M62.

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We've got a further report now that it's a container wagon in lane one.

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Officers deal with around 4,500 breakdowns a year.

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A third of them are where a vehicle stops in a live lane,

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posing a real danger to all other motorists.

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No traffic, no hard shoulder.

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So what we do is we set it up, ready for a lane stop.

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And...there it is.

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Charlie-Echo-One-Three.

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We've got a live lane coming out here.

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Just watch traffic coming there. Yeah?

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With traffic building quickly,

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it's vital the officers work as fast as possible.

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The rain and poor visibility are only making matters worse.

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-'Ey up, drive?

-Morning.

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What's wrong with it, mate?

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What we'll do...

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-Leave it running.

-Yep.

-We'll come round the front of you,

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we'll get somebody round the front of you

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and we'll get you onto the hard shoulder, clear this lane.

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Hotel-Alpha-Charlie-Echo-One-Three.

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This vehicle's gearbox has failed.

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He does have air. Do we have a second unit can come and help us?

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Rob and Paul are under pressure to reopen the lane.

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A recovery truck is en route, but that could waste valuable time.

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So a backup Highways England vehicle is the quickest option.

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If you stay in your cab, we'll sort it out.

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I'll give you the thumbs up when he's ready.

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Knock your brake off and we're going there.

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The other officers arrive within minutes,

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meaning the stranded lorry can be moved out of harm's way.

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Keep going. Steady.

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Probably 40 tonne. Shifted nice and easy.

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He's just talking to his boss now for a recovery.

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We'll wait for that. And he'll get back to us in a second.

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With the lorry shifted and recovery en route,

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Paul and Rob can now concentrate on getting the traffic flowing again.

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Hotel-Alpha-Charlie-Echo-One-Three. We can go back to 42 as well.

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Thanks to Charlie-Xray-One-Two.

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Keep your eye on traffic behind you. Don't want owt to go wrong.

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-Right.

-All right?

-That's OK.

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-Are you happy?

-Thanks for your help.

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No worries, cock. Thank you.

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With the road reopened and traffic flowing,

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there's just one thing left to do.

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HE HONKS HORN

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Translated - "Put your hazard lights on!"

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But the lorry driver doesn't understand.

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It's been a successful morning.

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He's got it, by Jove.

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Rob and Paul's swift action means the A1 has been reopened within

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20 minutes, and the result is the danger for drivers

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has been kept to a minimum.

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Last year, more than 500 vehicles were stolen across

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the Northumbria Police area.

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Just off the A1, ten miles south of Newcastle,

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officers are still dealing with a car that's been reported as stolen.

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You're not under arrest, all right?

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You're detained until we can find out what's gone on.

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But PC Alan Keenleyside also believes

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the suspect may have been drinking,

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so wants to conduct a breathalyser.

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But while he's sitting in the police car on his own,

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the driver puts something in his mouth.

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What have you just put in your mouth?

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A pound coin? Why?

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There's a common myth that sucking on a coin can change

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the alcohol reading on the test.

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You've just swallowed a pound coin?

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So is it for the drink?

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ALAN LAUGHS

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After reading the suspect his rights,

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Alan conducts the breathalyser.

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Blow nicely into that. After three or four seconds you'll hear

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an audible click and I'll tell you to stop.

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Blow. Keep going, keep going, keep going, keep going...

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Stop! Well done.

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BREATHALYSER BLEEPS

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-You've failed.

-48?

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48. The legal limit's 35.

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You are not much over but you're over.

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The legal limit's 35. You've blown 48.

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The breath test indicates the proportion of alcohol

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in your breath exceeds the prescribed limit.

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I'm arresting you and taking you to...

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Durham?

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Joe, where's the nearest police station?

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South Shields.

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Although the car was reported as stolen a few weeks ago,

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the driver claims he got it from his parents as a Christmas present.

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At the minute, it is. At the minute,

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we've got to think that car's stolen.

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My control room operator has told me it's a stolen car.

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Right? We'll crack on and make those inquiries

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while we're processing you in custody.

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As the suspect is taken away, Alan searches the car.

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This receipt here is from the 10th of the 1st 2016.

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Over a year old and that was in there.

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Now, if this vehicle had been legitimately sold,

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it's very rare that you find receipts

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and bits of paperwork left from the previous owner.

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If it's legitimately sold,

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it's generally stripped of everything.

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You know? So, erm, yeah.

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We'll leave all this here. We've had a quick look.

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And this will be uplifted and taken back to our secure pound,

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and we'll do some further inquiries about it.

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The suspected stolen car will now be seized

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until police can establish who it really does belong to.

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Stolen property. It's always nice to get that property returned

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to the rightful owners. There's pretty much

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nothing more satisfying than that.

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For Alan and the other officers,

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it's been a successful operation all round.

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I've just contacted my colleagues

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that took the driver of the vehicle into custody

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following his failed breath test at the roadside.

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The legal limit's 35. He blew 48.

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But, actually, by the time you get to custody,

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sometimes 48 was right on that level where

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it's likely - if he's coming down,

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if it's been a while since he had a drink -

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that level could be coming down to a point

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where no further action's going to be taken against him.

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However, in this particular case,

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it appears he's actually going the other way.

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So he's recently had a drink,

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his alcohol level's continuing to climb,

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and I think my colleague said he'd blown 57 in custody.

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So that's a good, firm charge for driving with alcohol level

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above the limit.

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We see the fatal road accidents.

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We see the misery that drink-drivers,

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drug-drivers bring to families.

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So, actually, to catch a drink-driver,

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to get them off the street,

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to get them in front of the courts,

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it's hugely rewarding for any traffic cop,

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anywhere in this country.

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On the A1 south of Retford in Nottinghamshire,

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it's the start of a busy afternoon

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at one of Britain's most iconic roadside restaurants.

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Ashley, Danielle and Mary have all got

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plenty of Little Chef experience.

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Are you all right today, love?

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Yeah, are you? What time are you on till?

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Three. What time are you on?

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-Eight.

-Oh, unlucky.

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THEY LAUGH

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I left school when I was 16.

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I actually applied for the Burger King.

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There used to be a Burger King next door,

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but then they asked me to come into here

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and I've been here ever since.

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Love it.

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It's just so nice cos you don't think,

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"Oh, God, I've got to go to work."

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You're just on with your friends.

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I fit in there perfect.

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My dream job would be to be 6'2" and be a model.

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But I'm not even five foot. There's not much that people can do

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when you're this size. When you're getting mistaken

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for a nine-year-old girl.

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The restaurant caters for more than 45,000 A1 users every year.

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The A1 is literally there.

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When there's accidents outside, or the road gets really busy,

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we seem to find that everyone comes in here

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because they don't want to sit in the traffic or whatever.

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There's always accidents. Always. No matter what.

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The A1 is always having them.

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And there's one dish the waitresses serve more than any other.

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-Olympic.

-Nearly 2,000 a day across the country.

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There you go.

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Our most popular meal on the menu is an Olympic Breakfast.

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Prince Harry, was it? It was in the paper.

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When he'd gone to one of the Little Chefs

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just for an Olympic Breakfast.

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So, obviously, we are quite famous for that.

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Bacon, bacon, egg, beans and beans.

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I can be cooking about 1,000 Olympics a day sometimes.

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It feels like that, anyway. Doesn't it, Mary?

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If you get an Olympic at night, say, like, quarter to ten at night,

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they just walk in and want an Olympic breakfast.

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It's like...

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-Mary's like, "You could have had a jacket potato."

-Yeah.

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It's just one of the dishes that attract many A1 regulars.

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Thank you very much, Ashley.

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It's OK, my sweet pea. We've got quite a few regulars.

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Table three. They're regulars.

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Danielle's friend, the lady, she comes in to have a chicken platter.

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Mr Bruce either has his scampi or his gammon.

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Oh, look, back again.

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Will always has a Jubilee Pancake at night-time.

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Or he'll have a banana split. And he makes us do the banana split.

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And he's so picky. He likes his banana split down the middle,

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with three lumps of ice cream and squirty...

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He's so picky. He's SO picky.

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Pass this Little Chef every day going to and from work,

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so it's handy to call in.

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Breakfast, dinner, and tea sometimes.

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-Hello, my dear.

-And Ashley's front-of-house charm works wonders.

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Got to know them now. Especially Ashley.

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She is really funny. Really funny.

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Have a lot of banter with her.

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So posh.

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'Yeah, they make you feel really welcome.

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'That's why you keep coming back.'

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Hello!

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I mainly, like, sit people down,

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take their orders and have just, like, general chitchat with them.

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Which ends up not general chitchat, it ends up like gossip.

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-So much gossip.

-Everyone who comes in asks for Ashley because,

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obviously, she's the face of the place.

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Do you want toast or fried bread?

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They never know my name, because I'm always in here.

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I have to make sure she's on duty when we're coming up.

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So... But it just breaks up the journey.

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There was a guy that come in a couple of weeks ago and he was like,

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"Is Ashley not here?" And he was like,

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"Tell her I've been asking about her

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-"and I'll pop down soon to see her."

-Don't make me blush.

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LAUGHTER

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He seemed to know you. He seemed to know you pretty well.

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I can't remember, there's been that many.

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And despite the busy shifts,

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working at the restaurant is a job the girls love.

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Once, when you took...

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You went over to take an order and the person said...

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He was having a go at his kid for not revising,

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and he said,

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"You've got to revise otherwise you'll end up somewhere like this."

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THEATRICAL GASP

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I've got everything that I want.

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-Don't we drive nice cars?

-We don't go without.

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No, we don't go without. So it's a perfect job to have, I think.

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You get good days and bad days, obviously.

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But I probably wouldn't have done it for ten years

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if I thought it was that bad, would I?

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More than 100 times a year,

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the A1's traffic officers are called to help fix this major road.

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One of the main defects they face

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are potholes, which can pose a serious risk to driver safety.

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On a two-lane section of the road near Doncaster,

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Paul Day and Rob Larkin have received

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a report about an urgent repair which is needed on the carriageway.

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What we found is a pothole that needed immediate repair.

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We've called it in to contractors, who've deployed a unit.

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We've done a bit of a liaise and a bit of a plan.

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we're going to pull out into traffic and block the carriageway.

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That'll allow the contractor to repair the pothole.

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One small pothole can lead to a tragedy,

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so even though closing the road will still cause huge disruption,

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the works are essential.

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If a motorbike hit that pothole then it could literally

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throw the rider straight off

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into the path of oncoming traffic.

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Yeah. You assess the potential against the impact to traffic

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that's travelling. And it's better to have it repaired straightaway.

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-A necessary evil.

-A necessary evil, yeah.

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One-Three, we're right behind Yankee-Uniform-One-Two.

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And we're going to block traffic now - over.

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Paul and Rob immediately shut down both lanes.

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Just give us a minute. There's repairing a pothole

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and there's also...something that needs to go on further up.

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Not be two seconds.

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So what we've done there is, we've utilised the...

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heavy traffic to create a gap.

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We've stopped traffic. We've spoken to drivers to let them know

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how we're going to do and what we're doing.

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Meanwhile, further down the road, repairs begin on the hole.

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What we've done here is created

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a safety buffer between the contractors

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working in the main carriageway and the traffic behind.

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Yes, it inconveniences for a period of time,

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but at least everybody is safe doing their job.

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With standing traffic mounting, there's no time to lose.

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In fact, he's just running over the tarmac now.

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Just to push it down into the hole.

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So, it shouldn't be too long as it's completed.

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After just six minutes, the hole is fixed.

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There's just enough time to pick up some more dangerous debris.

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Contractors will take care of that later.

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Why did you have to move that?

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Just cos it was there.

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All received. Just about to release the block.

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Rob and Paul's drive-off is a signal

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for the traffic behind to start moving.

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Yeah. 1-3. We've started rolling.

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But just as they set off again,

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the officers receive a report of another lane closure just ahead.

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It's vital the traffic doesn't gather speed too quickly.

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So Rob and Paul need to create

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a rolling roadblock past the incident.

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That's going to cause a problem.

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So, what happened there was,

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we put the block on as they were turning to put the lane closure on.

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We've released to traffic nice and steadily into the closure.

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Just pre-planning stuff,

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making sure that everything we've got covered, going on, was covered,

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so that members of the public didn't just come upon something

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that they didn't know was there.

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And it all went rather well.

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Spanning nearly 400 miles,

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the A1 passes through bleak countryside and built-up cities.

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Different parts of the road have different speed limits imposed,

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from 30 to 70mph.

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For the Northumbria Police force,

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the A1 is their biggest and busiest road.

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So cracking down on speeding motorists

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is a big part of an officer's job.

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In the last year, the police have prosecuted more than 57,000 drivers

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for speeding offences.

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And now, just a few miles north of Newcastle,

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PC Alan Keenleyside is tracking the latest culprit.

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Just had a car in front...

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He moved into lane two really quite harshly.

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I'm just going to follow him for a little bit.

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I want to see what his manner of driving is like.

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The driver is heading south towards Gateshead

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and doesn't seem to have noticed Alan in his rear-view mirror.

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I'm quite happy to move backward and forward into lane one.

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What I don't want is a member of the public

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to get between me and that car.

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But it seems Alan may have spoken too soon.

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I'll just flash the blues.

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Thank you.

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By the looks of it, this vehicle is going to be

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taking the slip road off. I'm going to have a little word.

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As the driver enters Gateshead,

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he's still unaware that Alan is following him.

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30, and he's doing 44 in he 30s.

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As the driver pulls into the car park,

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Alan makes his move.

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I was following you at 84 on the A1 from Seaton Burn.

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Then when we came through he 30s you were doing 44 mile an hour

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in a 30-mile-an-hour limit.

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Is there any reason why you've travelled like that

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all the way down? OK.

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Do you have any identification?

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I'll just check your driving licence, then.

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-Whereabouts are you heading to?

-Just here.

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All right. No worries.

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-Is it your vehicle? Is it?

-Yes, it is.

-OK. No worries.

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I'm just going to check you on the computer.

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Come take a seat in my car. Thank you.

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The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine

0:25:020:25:07

and three penalty points.

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Alan is keen to show the driver evidence of his erratic driving.

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What alerted us to you, right?

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When you came on at Seaton Burn onto the A1,

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you moved quite violently from lane one into lane two.

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I'm following you there. All right?

0:25:210:25:23

It's already sitting at 77.

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Then your speed increased.

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Can you see the bottom right-hand corner there?

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84, 85.

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All right. OK?

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It is what it is on that one.

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When we've come in the Metrocentre,

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which is just the slip road up here before I asked you to stop,

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we've come into a 30-mile-an-hour limit

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and your vehicle in front there is doing 44. OK?

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And that's the reasons why you've been stopped here today.

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I'm just going to check you on the system.

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Do you have any points on your licence or anything?

0:25:520:25:54

Alan discovers the man is a professional lorry driver

0:25:560:25:59

so more points on his licence could lead to him losing his job.

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Alan has a very difficult decision to make.

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We could issue... I don't know

0:26:070:26:08

if you've ever heard of a section 59 warning?

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I'm not going to do that.

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I'd like to think that this word tonight is sufficient.

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At the end of the day, you're an HGV driver.

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-Right?

-My living.

-It's your living.

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You don't need things like that coming your way.

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So, words of advice.

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So, lesson learned. Keep it down.

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You never know when we're there. And we'll leave it at that tonight.

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-All right?

-Thank you very much.

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No worries at all. There's your card back and we'll let you out.

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The driver realises he's been very lucky

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to get away without any points.

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When I got stopped, I was gutted because...

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I was in the wrong. Could have lost my job.

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I'm an HGV driver so...

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I should know better, really.

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The police officer explained everything and he was fair with us.

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He could have given us a lot worse than what I've got off with.

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In speeding cases,

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police officers like Alan are allowed to use their discretion.

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Depending on the circumstances, they can issue fines and make arrests.

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Or they can take a more lenient approach.

0:27:090:27:12

That chap there is a prime example of somebody who,

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he seemed like a thoroughly nice person.

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He's got the right attitude for me. He was sitting there.

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Very apologetic.

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Hands up. He wasn't arguing.

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If he'd argued the case, it's all on video,

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and really it's down to the officer how he wants to do it

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and I thought, in that situation, yeah,

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words of advice is probably going to suffice.

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The motorist suspected of drink-driving

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pleaded guilty to the offence.

0:27:430:27:45

He was disqualified from driving for 36 months

0:27:450:27:49

and fined £235 including costs.

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After police inquiries, the red Fiesta was returned to the driver,

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who was considered to be its rightful owner.

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A suspected stolen vehicle leads police to pull over a driver who is found to be over the drink-drive limit, and a truck breakdown at rush hour puts motorists' safety in jeopardy.


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