Car crashes into front of popular Wigan restaurant

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A man was seriously injured when a car hit the front of a restaurant this morning. A police spokesman said the vehicle flipped and hit the Olive Garden, on Preston Road, Standish, at 6.20am.

Emergency services attended and found a man with serious injuries, who was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment. An ambulance service spokesman said the man, who is in his mid-20s, suffered injuries to his neck and back. Preston Road has been closed to traffic between Coppull Moor Lane and Pepper Lane. Photographs of the damaged restaurant and car have been posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The post said the man walked out of the car, but it has since been confirmed that he was badly injured. A building inspector will be visiting the restaurant to check on the damaged building.

Police enquiries are continuing to establish what happened. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting incident 341 of August 24. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 


Hull telecoms firm KCOM fined over 999 call failures

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Communications provider KCOM has been fined £900,000 after flooding caused by Storm Eva led to the failure of 74 emergency calls.

Ofcom found “serious weaknesses” in the Hull-based firm’s emergency call service which meant people in the area could not make calls to 999 or 112.

The regulator found it had broken rules to ensure people can contact emergency services at all times.

KCOM operates the main telephone and broadband network in Hull.

It is the only UK city not served by BT’s Openreach, which controls the telecoms network.

Ofcom said KCOM notified the regulator on 28 December 2015 that its emergency call service for the Hull area had failed for around four hours.

It said the failure was because of flooding at one of the BT’s telephone exchanges in York in the wake of Storm Eva.

However, Ofcom found that all emergency calls from customers in that area relied on the flooded telephone exchange in York.

Under Ofcom rules, the telephone and broadband operator should have been able to automatically divert emergency calls via back-up routes.

The investigation found that although the firm did have back-up routes in place, these also relied on the flooded telephone exchange in York.

Ofcom said KCOM created an alternative route to carry emergency calls that bypassed the flooded telephone exchange in York within two hours of identifying the problem.

The regulator said it expected telephone companies’ services to be resilient enough “to the greatest extent possible” to connect emergency calls at all times, even in challenging circumstances.


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