Hull

Motorists travelling on the Humber Bridge next weekend are being told to expect delays and allow extra time for journeys due to vital maintenance works on the road.

The work will resurface the southbound carriageway, with a contraflow put in place from 6pm on Saturday, May 7 until around midmorning on Sunday, May 8.

The contraflow will start at Hessle Tower and extend south to Barton anchorage, with tag lanes remaining open for the duration of work in attempts to minimise traffic impact.

As a result of these works, which are weather dependent and could still be cancelled or rearranged should things take a turn for the worse, motorists are being asked to allow more time on their journeys if they plan to cross the Humber Bridge in that time frame.

Andrew Arundel, chief operating officer at the Humber Bridge, said: “The bridge is more than 40 years old now and therefore needs to be regularly maintained to ensure it is kept in safe, working order.

“We recognise that works on the bridge cause disruption to road users and this is why we are carrying out this work at night on a weekend to minimise the impact.

“We are also keeping the tag lanes open to ensure access to the bridge isn’t restricted.

“But even with those measures in place, the contraflow will see traffic move more slowly across the bridge than usual, so those who cannot avoid travelling should allow extra time for their journey.”

By Local Democracy Reporter

Humberside Police say they are punching above their weight after taking more than 10kg of cocaine, thousands of ecstasy tablets and five tonnes of cannabis off the streets in just one year.

The new Road Crime Team, increased stop-and-searches and targeted raids have helped to catch dealers across the area.

A total of 1,773 seizures of illegal drugs were carried out between April 2020 and March 2021, new Home Office figures show.

Nearly 500 of these involved Class A drugs, such as cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and methadone – the best rate for any force in the region.

The seizures of ecstasy were the fourth highest for any police force in the country.

Large amounts of cannabis plants and herbal cannabis were also found as Class B drugs were seized more than 1,100 times.

Chief Constable Lee Freeman said tackling drug-related crime and connected properties was a priority for the force.

Officers carried out around 700 more drug seizures than the previous year, which they say is due to targeted action on the issue.

Chief Constable Lee Freeman said: “Taking drugs off the streets remains a priority for these operations and we have conducted hundreds of warrants, targeting properties known to be hubs of drug dealing or production, based on the information passed to us from members of the public.

“Humberside Police are arresting more suspects per officer than any force in the country and we also have the highest rate for detecting overall crime. I asked my officers and staff to be on the front foot in taking policing to those who are committing crime and they have done everything that I have asked of them over the past few years.

“One of the reasons behind these seizure figures for Humberside is our forcewide Op Galaxy operation, which targets the highest harm offenders. Furthermore, the additional 650 police officers that I have been able to bring in over the past five years has transformed the presence and capabilities that we have to make the region a more difficult place for offenders to commit crime without getting caught.

He added that the increased seizures showed that the force’s methods were working.

“The impact that drugs and drug-related crime can have on a community should not be underestimated and it is something that we take incredibly seriously. When local communities see people dealing drugs in their neighbourhoods, they have a right to expect that we will do something about it and I have a responsibility to ensure that we do.

“Another factor that is likely to have impacted our drugs seizures is the formation of our Roads Crime Team and the additional resources that we have placed in our Roads Policing teams. These teams specifically target criminals using the force area’s road network and regularly intercept those trying to transport drugs into and around Humberside.

“Our communities have been incredibly supportive of our actions against drugs and continue to play a vital role in providing us with the information we need to take drugs and offenders off the streets.”

Here is the complete list of drugs that were seized in northern Lincolnshire, Hull and East Yorkshire for 2020/21:

Class A

11kg cocaine

1kg crack

32,000 doses of ecstasy

1kg heroin

2000 doses of methadone

Class B

108kg of herbal cannabis

5794kg cannabis plants

1kg amphetamines

1kg ketamine

Class C

8000 benzodiazepine

New psychoactive substances

Synthetic cannabinoids – 3kg

The number of seizures by class

486 – Class A

1103 – Class B

86 – Class C

113 weren’t classified

Anyone with information about drug-related crime can pass it onto police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.