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Tragic ride part of road safety campaign

A road policing inspector who tragically lost his father in a motorbike collision has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of riding whilst tired. Insp Dave Mangan from Lancashire Constabulary has created a short film in partnership with Lancashire County Council about his father Mike’s last ride which will be shown to bikers across the county as well as in Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Avon, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Mike Mangan, 72, from Bolton, sadly died on September 11, 2013 in Wheddon Cross, Somerset, when he was involved in a collision with an oncoming vehicle whilst overtaking. A full inquest into Mike’s death is on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Search YouTube for ‘Mike’s last ride’.

Horsewatch scheme to tackle rural crime

A Horsewatch scheme will be launched in Cumbria as part of a bid to redudce rural crime. Cumbria Horsewatch has been set up by the Horsewatch Co-ordinator Nigel Sutcliffe, from the Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team. Members of the Community who join Horsewatch will gain access to information, such as an incident and crime alerts and specific crime prevention advice. Nigel said: “Policing rural areas is very challenging and we require our local communities help. The aim of Horsewatch is to offer advice and guidance to all those involved in equestrian pursuits as well as presenting a united front against such criminal activity”.

For further information about Horsewatch in Cumbria, go to the Cumbria Police website or contact Nigel Sutcliffe by e mail at