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Police hunt e-scooter rider after three-year-old boy is seriously injured in pavement hit-and-run 

A three-year-old child has been left with serious injuries after being struck by an e-scooter in a pavement hit and run.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the little boy was hurt in a collision in Feltham in west London.

He had been walking along a pavement on the High Street in Feltham with his grandmother at around 6pm on Saturday 17 April, when he was struck from behind by a person riding an electronic scooter.

The rider fell from the scooter on impact, but re-mounted and rode away without stopping at the scene.

The child was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service where he was found to have suffered two broken collarbones. He has since been discharged.

Police have asked for anyone who was in the area of the High Street and Manor Lane in Feltham at the time in question to contact them.

They have also asked anyone who knows the identity of the rider or who may have dashcam footage of the incident to get in touch with Scotland Yard.

E-scooters are legal to buy but cannot be ridden legally on UK roads, pavements, cycle lanes or footpaths.

The only place an e-scooter can be legally used is on private land with the permission of the land owner.

Those caught could face a £300 fine, points on their driving licence if they have their scooter seized.

But despite this thousands of e-scooters are being ridden on roads and pavements across the country.

In July 2019, TV presenter, Emily Hartridge, died when she lost control of the e-scooter she was riding and was thrown into the path of a lorry.

Recent figures have also revealed that hundreds of crimes including robberies and assaults have been carried out by people riding e-scooters.

French military ship en route to Jersey as post-Brexit clash over fishing rights escalates

A French warship is reportedly on the way to Jersey in a post-Brexit clash over fishing rights after Royal Navy gun boats were sent in.

Tensions escalated as a flotilla of French boats, said to number around 60, arrived at St Helier harbour and were being watched by two Royal Navy ships – HMS Severn and HMS Tamar.

The two armed vessels were seen patrolling the outskirts of the island on Thursday morning as French military boat, the Athos, was reported to now be heading there as well.

Some fishing boats set off flares and there was discussion over maritime radio of a blockade. The French vessels entered the harbour this morning but have since left and are massing near Elizabeth Castle, the Jersey Evening Post reported.

A number of locals have turned up to watch the drama unfold.

Downing Street said Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent the Navy ships after intelligence suggested the French boats had planned to block access to the port, despite calling for a “de-escalation in tensions”.

The French fisherman are protesting the lack of access to waters around the Channel Island because of restrictions on licences for small boats to operate within 12 miles of its shores.

Following talks with John Le Fondre, Jersey’s chief minister, Mr Johnson warned any attempt to block ships by the French would be “completely unjustified” and expressed his “unwavering support” for the island’s government.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The prime minister and chief minister stressed the urgent need for a de-escalation in tensions and for dialogue between Jersey and France on fishing access.

“The prime minister underlined his unwavering support for Jersey. He said that any blockade would be completely unjustified. As a precautionary measure the UK will be sending two offshore patrol vessels to monitor the situation.”

TV OUT. ALL BROADCAST WEBSITES OUT. No cropping permitted. MANDATORY CREDIT: BBC News EDITORS NOTE: We are advised that video-grabs should not be used by daily papers later than 48 hours after the broadcast of the programme, without consent of the copyright holder. For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only. Screengrab from BBC News of French fishing vessels staging a protest outside the harbour at St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights. Picture date: Thursday May 6, 2021. PA Photo. Dozens of French boats arrived at the harbour on Thursday morning, with some crews setting off flares during the so far peaceful protest. Two Royal Navy vessels, HMS Severn and HMS Tamar have been deployed by the UK Government to "monitor the situation" at the Channel Island. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: BBC News/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: Not for use more than 21 days after issue. You may use this picture without charge only for the purpose of publicising or reporting on current BBC programming, personnel or other BBC output or activity within 21 days of issue. Any use after that time MUST be cleared through BBC Picture Publicity. Please credit the image to the BBC and any named photographer or independent programme maker, as described in the caption.

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French fishing vessels outside the harbour at St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, in a row over post-Brexit fishing rights (Photo: BBC News/PA)

Both the Navy vessels are heavily armed. HMS Tamar, which has machine guns and a helicopter landing pad, came into service in January and was commissioned to protect UK fishing waters in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Commodore Goodwill freight ship was initially unable to leave port earlier today.

In a tweet Paul Luxon, Condor’s chief executive, said: “Sadly she is trapped, we tried to bring her in earlier so in – discharge, load – out, and on her way, but in dialogue with Jersey Authorities ‘safety first’ of course.’”

However the protest leader later instructed the vessels to let the ship leave.

A member of the Jersey Militia re-enactment group was seen firing on the French boats with a musket from Elizabeth Castle this morning after the flotilla left Jersey’s main harbour and returned to open water.

In a statement, Mr Le Fondre and the minister for external relations, Senator Ian Gorst said they expected a “peaceful demonstration by the French fishermen outside St Helier Harbour” on Thursday.

On Wednesday night, the pair said: “The responsible Ministers and government officials have met this evening to ensure that the very best plans are in place to ensure Islanders interests are properly protected at all times. We remain confident in our ability to do this.

“We welcome the ongoing support from the Prime Minister and UK Government to achieve a diplomatic solution to this dispute, and we are aware that the UK are sending two offshore patrol vessels as a precautionary measure to monitor the situation in Jersey waters.”

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said they Navy ships had been deployed to Jersey “to conduct maritime security patrols, adding “This is a strictly precautionary measure and has been agreed with the Jersey Government”.

Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of new patrol ship HMS Tamar, which will head to the Asia-Pacific region with a 'dazzle camouflage' paint scheme, various shades of black, white and grey in strange or jarring shapes. Issue date: Tuesday April 27, 2021. PA Photo. The paint scheme, introduced by the Royal Navy towards the end of World War 1, was adopted by many of the world's navies at the time ? and repeated again between 1939 and 1945. See PA story DEFENCE Paint. Photo credit should read: Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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A file photo of HMS Tamar has been sent to patrol the coast of Jersey as French fishing boats descended on the island in protest of their working rights (Photo: Ministry of Defence/PA)

Jersey has been asked to give authorisation to 41 French boats to fish off its coastline but said 17 of the vessels had been unable to prove they had historical links to the fishing grounds as required in the terms of a Brexit agreement struck last year.

The island’s government placed restrictions on how long some of the boats could fish in Jersey waters and the type of equipment they could use.

France has also threatened to cut the island’s electricity off if the dispute is not resolved.

Annick Girardin, the French maritime minister, warned on Tuesday Paris could shut down three undersea cables which provide Jersey with 95 per cent of its electricity.

The threat by French fishermen to blockade St Helier would prevent supplies from being delivered.

A UK Government spokesman earlier said: “To threaten Jersey like this is clearly unacceptable and disproportionate.

“We are working closely with the EU and Jersey on fisheries access provisions following the end of the transition period so trust the French will use the mechanisms of our new treaty to solve problems.”

HGV driver hospitalised after being trapped in his cab

A HGV driver has been taken to hospital after he was trapped in his cab when his lorry tipped over as he delivered a load of compost.

The man was injured after his lorry tipped over onto its side as it emptied its load in a turning off Leicester Lane, Desford, shortly before 1.55pm today, Wednesday May 5.

Firefighters freed the casualty from his cab before leaving him in the care of the East Midlands Ambulance Service[1].

A Leicestershire Police[2] spokesman said: “We were called at 2.01pm to report of a single vehicle road traffic incident involving a HGV on Leicester Lane in Desford.

“It is not thought that the injures are life-threatening or life-changing.”

It is believed that Leicester Lane was not closed.

A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service[3] spokesperson said: “We got a call at 1.55pm from EMAS to a report that a HGV had rolled over while tipping its load. of compost in a turning off Leicester Lane in Desford.

“One male casualty was trapped inside the cab of vehicle. A plan was formulated to extricate driver.

“He was extricated and was assessed by EMAS before being conveyed to hospital by ambulance.”

Fire crews from Hinckley[4], Southern and Western stations attended the incident.

References

  1. ^ East Midlands Ambulance Service (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  2. ^ Leicestershire Police (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  3. ^ Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)
  4. ^ Hinckley (www.leicestermercury.co.uk)