And it was this exact CCTV footage that landed them in trouble with the police.
The culprits were travelling northbound through Staffordshire when they decided to pull into an emergency layby area to empty food packets and other rubbish from several bin bags – but unfortunately, they failed to make the clean getaway they’d likely hoped for as eagle-eyed control room staff at Highways England were watching them on CCTV.
The team quickly notified Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), who then managed to track down the offenders and escort them back to the layby to tidy up their mess.
“This was a blatant and reckless abuse of one of our designated emergency areas which are there to help people in the event of just that, an emergency.” said Frank Bird, Senior Network Planner at Highways England.
“We watched the whole incident unfold on our CCTV system in our control room.
“[We] then quickly passed it to the police who were able to stop the vehicle and escort them safely back to the emergency area to tidy up their mess”.
The police have confirmed that the rubbish being dumped was mainly things like takeaway wrappings and plastic bottles, and along with “a stern word” by officers, the culprits details have also been forwarded to Environmental Health officers for recorded history in the event that of any future incidents occurring.
The incident – which took place on 28 March – is also being used by Highways England as a timely warning about the dangers of littering, which the authority says “puts our workforce at risk” when they have to go out and collect it.
Highways England is calling on drivers to “be part of the pick” and join them in doing their bit to reduce litter levels on the nation’s motorways as part of the Great British Spring Clean 2021.
12,000 bags of litter were collected from England’s motorway network during last year’s campaign.
“We’re urging road users to save litter for the bin.” said Freda Rashdi, Head of Customer and Operational Requirements at Highways England.
“Litter picking costs time and money and doing this diverts resources that could be used to improve the network [so] if people didn’t drop litter in the first place, it wouldn’t need to be picked up.”
Featured Image – gov.uk / Highways England
Richard Keys and Andy Gray to give first UK TV interview since sexism scandal
Former Sky Sports presenting duo Richard Keys and Andy Gray are set to give their first UK interview since they were sacked for a number of sexist remarks back in 2011.
Once regular mainstays on the Premier League‘s long-term broadcasting partner, Keys and Gray haven’t made any British media appearances since their high-profile scandal which highlighted the prevailing sexism in football at the time and, sadly, is still underlying throughout large sections of sport today.
Now, after being approached by fellow controversial TV personality Piers Morgan, the punditry pair will be discussing the incident on national television for the first time in more than a decade, as well as reflecting on their careers since then.
Keys and Gray have been consigned to working on the Qatari network beIN SPORTS since 2013 after they went from being among the most well-known sports commentators to two of the most vilified public figures in the early 2010s.
For anyone still unaware even all the years later, the two Sky employees were caught making a number of sexist comments towards then lineswoman, Sian Ellis-Massey, in a leaked audio recording during which Keys remarked: “someone better go down there and explain the offside rule to her”.
Responding to the jibe, Gray responded by saying “Can you believe that, a female linesman… women don’t know the offside rule”, before his partner in crime responded, “the game’s gone mad”.
Ellis-Massey went on to become the UK’s first female referee and remains one of the leading officials in English football, having also adjudicated games in the Europa League and Women’s World Cup.
To make matter worse, a clip of Keys making similarly inappropriate and offensive remarks while having a conversation with Jamie Redknapp in the Sky Sports studio was also unearthed shortly after, as the lead anchor made a series of crass jokes about sex with the footballer’s former girlfriend.
Speaking in a now infamous BT interview shortly after, Keys insisted that his behaviour was “just banter” and seemed to offer little genuine remorse following the outburst.
Gray has also had little to say about his “unacceptable comments” in the years following, so it’s fair to say a fair few people will be tuning in to watch how the two approach this sit-down.
Andy Gray and Richard Keys’ Piers Morgan Uncensored interview airs at 8pm on TalkTV on Monday, 28 November.
Featured Image — beIN SPORTS/Piers Morgan (via Twitter)
RuPaul star Alyssa Edwards announces 2023 UK tour with Manchester date
RuPaul and Dancing Queen star Alyssa Edwards is coming to Manchester next year with her newly announced UK tour.
Edward’s critcally-acclaimed smash-hit show, Becoming Alyssa, The Life Story Of A Traveling Queen, is making it’s way over from America to the UK in May of 2023.
Becoming Alyssa is an epic, must-see, tell-all and dance-all story about her life growing up, her extraordinary drag career and incredible journey to finding love.
Alyssa – real name Justin Dwayne Lee Johnson – is an American entertainer, choreographer and television personality, best-know for appearances on appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, America’s Got Talent and, of course, his own highly-pooular Netlfix series, Dancing Queen.
Becoming one of the most beloved characters to every grace the Drag Race back in 2012, Edwards following has continued to grow ever since, enjoying a sold-out run at the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End back in 2021, before embarking on a massive US tour spanning 31 different cities.
His previous tour, Entitled the Life, Love and Lashes, was a self-proclaimed “one-diva show” that pulled back the curtain to reveal some of Alyssa’s most intimate secrets and this latest iteration promises to go even further.
Having performed to droves of fans across Europe, Asia, as well as North, Central and South America, not to mention teaching dance classes back in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas at his award-winning dance studio, Beyond Belief Dance Company, you can expect Johnson’s show to non-stop action.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, 2 December. You can buy them HERE.