New North Yorkshire team to probe fatal crashes

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A new team has been launched by North Yorkshire Police to investigate fatal and serious road collisions in the area.

The new Major Collision Investigation Team (MCIT) will focus on the investigation side of incidents, allowing road policing officers to get back on patrol after their initial response to a serious collision.

Within the last year there have been numerous fatal and serious incidents on the A59, which is one of the county’s most heavily policed roads and notorious for its bends.

In November, a woman had to be cut free from her car after a crash near Menwith Hill. And in March last year a motorcyclist was killed near Felliscliffe. A hard-hitting road safety campaign was launched in 2010 after three men died in crashes on Nidderdale’s roads.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: “Sadly, fatal and serious collisions are a major part of police work and require meticulous and intensive resourcing to enable us to obtain the appropriate outcome for victims and their families.

“Having a dedicated resource for these investigations means that roads policing officers can get back onto the roads to carry out education, enforcement and preventative work.”

The MCIT’s work will involve gathering evidence to determine the cause of collisions and to prosecute motorists who are at fault, interviewing suspects and witnesses, carrying out road checks, liaising with HM Coroner, the Crown Prosecution Service and the court service.

Head of MCIT Insp Mick Barron said:“The MCIT members have a wide range of skills and experience which have been gained from various policing backgrounds to investigate these collisions and provide an expert service to North Yorkshire Police and our communities.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, said: “I very much welcome the establishment of this dedicated team, which aims to centralise investigations into major collisions and provide support to families and victims and expertise to ensure justice is done. This new team will help to free up roads policing officers to get back on the roads to help prevent these devastating and life-changing incidents in the first place.”