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Unlicensed vehicle warning for racegoers

People looking to get to the races in style this summer are being urged to make sure the vehicle they hire is licensed correctly.

While stretch limousines remain popular, there is a growing trend of people looking to book luxury cars such as Mercedes, Rolls Royces and Porsches to get them to events in style.

Operators of all private hire vehicles, including limousines and luxury cars, must abide by the correct licensing rules and standards and with Ladies’ Day at Beverley Racecourse on the horizon, licensing officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council want people to remember the day for the right reason.

Operating any private hire vehicle without the correct licence is a criminal offence with rogue operators facing a maximum fine of £1,000 while operating or driving without the required licence may also invalidate any insurance.

Licensing officers will again be at the racecourse on Ladies Day carrying out spot checks on vehicles but are urging people to booking luxury cars and stretch limousines to check they are properly licensed before confirming the booking.

Last year at Ladies Day, licensing officers found one luxury car company operating with an unlicensed driver as well as four rickshaws operating illegally.

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement and local partnerships at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Ladies Day at Beverley Racecourse is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the local racing season and those attending want to arrive in style.

“Our message is don’t swap style for safety when you book limousines or luxury vehicles and make sure the event is memorable for the right reasons.

“I would like to stress that most operators conduct their business in a safe fashion and the number of rogue traders is very small but people should be alert to companies offering huge reductions in costs and who are working for cash only.

“All licensed drivers should be happy to provide their licence, plate and drivers badge, if requested.”
Anyone who would like more information should go to www.eastriding.gov.uk or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to check if a vehicle, driver or operator holds a licence with the council.


School's Out launches for 2016 in the East Riding

Parents and carers in the East Riding looking for ways to keep their children happy and entertained this summer should look no further than the School’s Out 2016 booklet.
School’s Out 2016 is now being delivered to 22,000 homes of children aged between four and 13 and who attend an East Riding school.
 It is full of ideas and activities to keep children active and has a sporting theme, in what promises to be a fantastic summer of international sports events.
 This year the guide is showcasing a selection of events which are available around the area, and a full calendar of events and activities can be viewed at www.eastriding.gov.uk/schoolsout
 Many of the activities can be booked online, making it easier for parents and carers to plan their days.
 Activities include swimming lessons, archery, golf, cricket, rugby, football, trampolining, beach games, gymnastics and even mini- safaris.
 For parents and carers of children with a disability, there are also a number of specifically-designed activities including the All Ride! adapted bikes in Bridlington.
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “Parents and carers can find it a challenge to keep their children entertained during the summer holidays.
 “This booklet is packed with great ideas for fun and interesting activities and will be very useful for parents and carers to keep hold of through the summer so they can plan some fantastic things to do for their children.”
 The guide is now dropping through letterboxes and is also available to pick up in customer service centres, libraries and children’s centres across the East Riding.
 It can also be viewed, along with the full calendar, on the council’s website at www.eastriding.gov.uk/schoolsout


Sewerby Hall is looking for help

with its 2016 summer exhibition -

anybody got a coble?

Smugglers will be landing at Sewerby Hall and Gardens this summer – and the venue is looking for help with its big summer exhibition.
‘Smugglers’ will be the main exhibition this year, running from 25 June to 4 September, looking at how smugglers illegally landed goods along the Yorkshire coast in the eighteenth century. Sewerby Hall is hoping to have a coble as the central focus of the exhibition - and is looking to borrow one for the summer.
Curator Janice Smith says : “We will be showing  how smugglers illegally trafficked their goods, by way of remote beaches and secluded caves, usually at night, along our coastline. We would really love to have a traditional coble as the main focal point of the exhibition, and I am wondering if anybody in the area has one that we could borrow over the summer?
“If anybody can help with the loan of a suitable coble to act as the centre of our exhibition – which we really hope will draw in big crowds – I would love to hear from them!”
Anybody who can assist with the loan of a coble is asked to contact Janice Smith at Sewerby Hall on 01262 673769, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Don't give thieves an easy ride!

POLICE are urging motorists to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to think about the security of their vehicles when preparing to leave them unattended.

The warning has been sparked following a number of incidents reported in the West Hull villages over the last month.

Valuable items such as satellite navigation systems (sat navs) and handbags are popular among thieves as a vehicle can be broken into in a matter of seconds and such items snatched before the broken glass has settled.

It is vital that valuables are removed, or kept well out of sight of prying eyes and cars are left secure.

Inspector Andy Woodhead said: "We are urging motorists to make sure they remove all valuable items and any clues, such as sat nav brackets and holders from their vehicles when leaving them unattended - the slightest temptation can be enough for a thief to break into your car or van.

"We are asking motorists to work with us to ensure that we don’t give thieves an easy ride.”

Police are offering the following crime prevention advice to motorists:

* Always keep your car doors, windows and sunroof locked when you leave the vehicle, even if you only leave it for a few minutes

* Never leave property of any kind on view. Items particularly attractive to car thieves are: SatNav’s, mobile phones, laptop computers, bank cards and cash

* If you have a SatNav, remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these

* Don't leave anything in your car, particularly when it is parked overnight. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’

* During the day hide items you cannot take with you in the boot

* Don’t park vehicles were they are hidden from view; where possible park in a car park with an attendant or CCTV, garage or in a well-lit open place

Anyone who may have information about the vehicle crimes are asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111


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