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we may or may not agree with the reasons and outcome, but this is skill in anyone’s book
An SAS sniper has killed a senior ISIS fighter with a 'one in a million' night-time shot from a mile away, it has been claimed.
The marksman is said to have killed the terrorist with a 'head shot' close to the Syrian border having been given a window of just 15 seconds.
He is understood to be a sergeant with the SAS G-Squadron and a veteran of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, where he is understood to have recorded as many as 100 kills.
The SAS team had hoped that the ISIS commander would arrive during the day because a night shot was regarded as too dangerous,' the source said.
'But as evening approached the team realised that they were going to have to either abort or go for a night shot. The sniper said he wanted to take the shot and was given a "go order".'
The sniper had 15 seconds to take his shot as the extremist pulled up in a car. The source said the extremist was killed instantly after being shot in the back of the head.
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A Chinese tourist has called the police 'cruel' and said they showed 'no mercy' after she was locked in a police cell for 15 hours when she was unable to pay an on-the-spot fine because she was driving too slowly.
Qiaoyon Wang was on her way to visit friends in Hull when police stopped her in the eastbound carriageway on the A63 at Hessle on Wednesday.
The 39-year-old from China said she was 'confused' when a police car flashed its lights at her Ford Focus hire car.
She was unable to pay the £100 fine so taken into a prison cell where she spent 15 hours locked up before appearing in Hull Magistrates' Court.
Unheard of. I hope the also patrol the road between Pickering and Whitby. The number of times I've got stuck behind some idiot doing 40.
Well we knew it was happening and many innocent families have been wiped out by these illegal drivers on the road. Make no mistake this is a deliberate action.
More than 440 lorries crossing into the UK last year were found with manipulated tachographs, Britain's road regulator has said.
Tachographs are on-board digital recorders which keep track of the number of hours a driver has been on the road.
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency believes a further 400 drivers were cheating, some using sophisticated "interrupters" to switch off the lorries' tachographs, but couldn't prove it.
The DVSA suspects that haulage bosses could be behind the use of the devices because they are complicated to install and are often found in more than one lorry from the same company.
"The results of falling asleep at the wheel of 44-tonne lorry can be devastating to families and communities," a spokeswoman said.
"Anything that means a driver can drive tired and we might not know about it or stop it is a worry. That's what we are here for, to keep the roads safe."
The DVSA carried out 223,000 roadside checks between April 2016 and March 2017.
5 live Investigates discovered there was a 21% increase in the number of drivers found with manipulated tachographs during that period compared with the previous year.
The tachograph interrupters are being used mainly by European drivers who cross into the UK.
One Bulgarian driver discovered with a manipulated tachograph in north Wales in March had driven 23 hours non-stop.
There is added danger because the interrupters disable a lorry's advanced braking systems and speedometers when they are being used.
The Department for Transport said there were 400,000 HGVs licensed in the UK at the end of 2016 and estimates there are 20,000 foreign registered HGVs in the UK at any given time.
Dean Allan's mother, Diana, was killed by a driver who ploughed into the back of her car when he fell asleep at the wheel of his lorry.
Claudiu-Ioan Almasan was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving. He had not been been driving over his permitted hours nor had he cheated his tachograph when he hit Mrs Allan's car, but he had stayed up late on the night before the crash.
"He was waiting for a phone call from his wife in another country and he'd stayed up late that evening to take the call, but he started his shift early the next morning," said Mr Allan.
"He didn't deliberately set out to do what he did on the day - he was too tired. "
Local investigations suggest the use of the interrupters is higher than that found by the DVSA.
Sgt Steve Warren has been involved in a recent operation which arrested and charged 22 drivers who had been using the devices in Nottinghamshire.
"Unfortunately, some of these drivers are not earning a lot of money," he said. "And they are telling us they are getting pressure from the company to use the device. I think they are readily available now and there are a lot more fitted to the vehicles."
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