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Former Argos security guard wins Gambia elections

A former security guard who worked at an Argos store in North London has been elected president of The Gambia. Adama Barrow ended Yahya Jammeh s 22-year-long rule in a shock victory following Thursday s elections. The 51-year-old is set to be president for the next five years and marks a change of leadership in the country . However he only emerged onto The Gambia s political scene some six months ago.

Adama Barrow won by 263,515 votes 45 percent of the total while Yahya Jammeh finished in second place with 36 percent.

Rule for a billion years

According to Sky News1, Yahya Jammeh had vowed to rule for a billion years . During the election campaign, Jammeh said his victory would be the biggest landslide in the history of the country. He appeared on television to concede saying: I take this opportunity to congratulate Mr Adama for his victory . It s a clear victory .

I wish him all the best and I wish all Gambians the best. Jammeh who came to power in 1994, also offered the President elect help with the transition. Human rights groups have heavily criticised Jammeh s rule of The Gambia and accused him of repressing the media, opposition and being anti-gay .

According to the BBC2, in 2014, he called homosexuals vermin .

A passion for Arsenal Football Club

According to The Independent3, 51-year-old President elect Adama Barrow spent over three years living in London when he was younger. He worked in an Argos store on Holloway Road as a security guard, close to the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal Football Club play. The President elect is said to have developed a passion for his local team.

He later moved back to his home country and set up his own estate agency. Barrow had been chosen by a group of political parties who rallied together to try and end Jammeh s 22-year-long rule.

Cheering in the streets

The Guardian4 reported that as soon as the result had been announced people went out onto the streets of the capital Banjul to celebrate. Cars were screeching their horns and loudly playing music while children and their families gathered to sing.

People also took to the internet to celebrate following a 24 hour internet blackout on the day of the election.


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Community Speed Watch comes to Dorset

A new form of neighbourhood watch is underway in Dorset for residents concerned about speeding vehicles.

The Community Speed Watch volunteer team in WimborneCommunity Speed Watch (CSW) gives local communities the opportunity to get actively involved in road safety.

Speed Watch can be set up in villages, towns or urban areas to discourage drivers and motorcyclists from speeding. Dorset Police Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) liaison officers can assist groups in setting up by providing practical advice and support.

Like other watch schemes, Community Speed Watch groups are set up and run by volunteers there are currently 12 groups in Dorset.

Community Speed Watch groups use hand held devices to record and monitor details of motorists seen speeding and can also note drivers using a mobile phone or not wearing seat belts. The police then send warning letters to these motorists.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Martin Hiles said: Through our neighbourhood Partners and Communities Together (PACT) panels we have seen a real appetite from communities to get involved in road safety in their areas.

Community Speed Watch is a great opportunity to harness this support and turn it into positive action.

Road safety remains a Force priority and one of our aims, particularly through our hugely successful no excuse campaign, has been to educate the public and change driver behaviour and Community Speed Watch very much supports that.

As well as drivers receiving a warning letter about their driving behaviour, the information provided to us by groups enables our traffic officers, safer neighbourhood teams and Dorset Road Safe to identify problem areas and repeat speeders against whom we will take further action if necessary.

It also supports the continued work of the Dorset Road Safe partnership by focusing on the fatal four elements in road traffic collisions speeding, driver distractions, not wearing a seat belt and drink driving.

We are very grateful for the support of our communities and look forward to the continued development of Community Speed Watch in Dorset.

Video text transcript is available by following this link1 >

Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill, said: I am delighted to see Community Speed Watch come to Dorset. Speeding is a concern in most towns and villages and although regular checks are conducted in the county, this initiative empowers communities to work together with the police to make their neighbourhoods safer.

The Association of Dorset Watches is working together with Dorset Police to manage the provision of kits to groups. These kits include a speed measuring device, hi-vis jackets, signage to inform road users they are in a CSW area and a tally counter to record the number of vehicles passing through.

Chairman of the Association of Dorset Watches, John Shave MBE, said: Community Speed Watch is great news for towns and villages across Dorset where speeding is an issue.

It gives affected communities the ability to influence driver behaviour in their areas and support the police.

If you wish to participate in Community Speed Watch, please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team2 to find out if a scheme already exists or to initiate the set-up of a new scheme.

Visit for more information and Safer Neighbourhood Team4 contact details.

Issued: 5 August 2013

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