A 25-year-old-man died in a crash on the A1 yesterday (Monday, June 14).
Emergency services were called shortly after 3pm to a layby north of the A52 slip road on the northbound carriageway.
A silver Ford Transit van and a blue DAF lorry had collided. The van driver died at the scene.
Police officers believe the van had travelled north past Stamford along the A1 from Peterborough.
As part of their investigation they are asking anyone who also travelled this route on the A1 between 1.30pm and 3pm yesterday to check dashcam footage for the Ford Transit. The registration number is YO15 MZW.
Officers would also like to hear from eye-witnesses to the crash.
People with information can send an email to [email protected] putting the reference incident 150 of June 13 in the subject box.
Alternatively they can call the non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 150 of June 13.
Or call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111 or go online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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Kent County Council’s (KCC) ban on lorry parking in laybys across several areas of Kent contravenes the working rights of logistics workers, according to Logistics UK. In a letter to Rachel Maclean MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport (DfT), the business group has expressed its strong objections to the plan, which prevents lorry parking for more than 45 minutes at a time in laybys across several areas of Kent. Heidi Skinner, Policy Manager for South at Logistics UK, comments:
“Lorry drivers were deemed “essential” workers during the pandemic, but it seems that this has been forgotten in this latest directive. Logistics UK is urging the DfT to consider the welfare of these drivers – who work tirelessly to transport the goods and services the nation needs – and withdraw support for KCC’s order banning HGV parking in laybys across several of Kent’s boroughs and districts. Lorry drivers need access to parking spaces to rest – for both their welfare and to meet legally mandated rest periods from driving – but with a shortage of between 1,000 and 1,200 HGV parking spaces in Kent, it is unacceptable to prohibit the use of laybys for drivers without providing facilities elsewhere.
“The ban was a temporary measure principally to ensure that HGVs were not parking in laybys while awaiting the correct paperwork to enter the EU. Now, following the removal of the Kent Access Permit (KAP) – which was successful in deterring hauliers entering Kent without the correct paperwork – there is no reason to keep the ban in place. Following the removal of the KAP and taking into consideration the lack of lorry parking facilities in Kent, it is unacceptable for KCC and DfT to continue this traffic order.”
Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit logistics.org.uk
Arman Yusuf Rahmani carried out the operation between 2018 and 2019 (Image: Home Office)
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A man caught trying to smuggle people into the UK stuffed inside sofas from France and Belgium has been jailed.
People smuggler Arman Yusuf Rahmani, who was once granted asylum in this country after entering in the back of a lorry, was caught trying to get people into the UK.
The Iranian national, 21, arranged for people to be hidden in the base of sofas before being transported overseas using oblivious ‘man with van’ drivers.
Preston Crown Court heard that Rahmani hired six different drivers advertising their services on social media between 2018 and 2019.
He agreed for them to drive from the UK to France or Belgium to collect and transport second-hand furniture.
The van drivers didn’t know the real cargo they were transporting (Image: Home Office)
The drivers did not know people were hidden inside the items they had been paid to transport and were instructed not to help with loading the vehicles.
Upon arrival at the UK border in France, Border Force officers searched the vans and soon found the people hiding inside.
All said they were Iraqi males, under 18 years old.
Video footage and photographs later taken of the hiding spots showed that any plea for help from those in the back of the van would not have been heard.
Rahmani was said to have had no regard for the welfare of the people he was paid to hide.
Rahmani had once been granted asylum in the UK (Image: Home Office)
A minister said Rahmani had a ‘blatant disregard’ for the law (Image: Home Office)
He was arrested a short time later and pleaded guilty to breaking UK immigration law. He has now been jailed for two years and seven months.
The court heard he had established a criminal network to facilitate foreign nationals illegally entering the UK.
Speaking after the sentencing, Minister for Immigration Compliance & Justice, Chris Philip, said: “Rahmani showed a blatant disregard for the laws of the UK, a country which provided him with safety and a place to live for which he has rightly paid the price.
“This case shows the lengths criminals will go to profit from our broken asylum system by putting people’s lives at risk.
Arman Yusuf Rahmani could be deported after his sentence (Image: Home Office)
“We are aiming to step up prosecution of those smuggling people into the country which is why this government is bringing legislation through our New Plan for Immigration, breaking the business model of these heinous people-smuggling networks and save lives.”
Katie Brown, a Criminal and Financial Investigations investigator added: “Today’s sentence is the result of an excellent investigation which brought to an end Rahmani’s pattern of criminality.
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“People smugglers are motivated by money alone and show no regard for the safety of those they exploit.
“This case is a message that we never stop looking for those involved in immigration crime.
Rahmani will be eligible for deportation as a Foreign National Offender after his sentence.
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THE council has apologised for missing garden waste collections across the city – saying a shortage of lorry drivers is to blame.
Residents across the city say their green bins have not been collected – in some cases for up to a week – and have remained on the street.
City of York Council says the waste teams are working hard to collect all missed bins and it is currently recruiting more drivers.
They say people do not need to phone the council to tell them about missed bins but can check the website, which says which routes have been missed.
A Heworth resident said: “Our bins are usually collected on Wednesdays but they’re still out, all along Stockton Lane and neighbouring streets.
“The last time collections were delayed, the bins were emptied on the Saturday, but this time has been much longer just as everyone is out, making the most of the warm weather and gardening. It’s just as well it’s not houseshold waste.”
Green bin collections have been missed from homes in Acomb, Fishergate, Stockton-on-the-Forest, Dringhouses, Wheldrake, Heslington and Fulford and other areas in the past week.
Ben Grabham, head of environmental services, at the council, said: “I’d like to apologise to residents affected by the missed garden collections and reassure them we’re working hard to collect all missed waste as close to the normal date as possible, but please note this may be more than 24 hours.
“For those residents who were due a garden waste collection during [the week starting] June 7, please accept our apologies that we will not be able to recollect your bin, so please present your bins at your next scheduled collection date.
“We are prioritising all household waste and recycling, to ensure these are collected which means that some garden waste collections are affected.
“Residents do not need to call our customer centre to make us aware of the missed collections. We have a dedicated missed collections webpage, which is updated daily, so that you can see which streets are missed and when we hope to re-collect https://www.york.gov.uk/WasteCollectionUpdates
“The reason for the disruption to the service is that we are experiencing a shortage of HGV (class 2) drivers, which is currently affecting a small proportion of our garden waste bin collections. Sadly the shortage of drivers is not just something we’re experiencing in York, but is a national shortage, affecting a lot of businesses and local authorities’ across the country at the moment.”
“We are actively working with Work With York to recruit drivers and encourage anyone looking for work, who hold a HGV class 2 licence, to call 01904 566066 or visit https://www.workwithyork.co.uk”
Visit york.gov.uk/WasteCollectionUpdates for information and call 01904 566066 for information about working as an HGV driver.