A WOMAN who was suspicious of a man who tried to wave her down into a lay-by on the A514 near Swarkestone has warned motorists to be wary of stopping for strangers.
The 75-year-old, from Derby, who did not wish to be named, said she was driving along the road towards Swarkestone Bridge when a man of ‘Oriental appearance’ tried to stop her.
She said: “I slowed and went to see what he wanted but I became suspicious when I saw his car was parked so I could not see his number plate.
“Warning bells went off in my head and I drove off.”
The woman reported the situation to the police.
Derbyshire police confirmed they had visited the lay-by about 30 minutes later but the man had gone.
A police spokesman said: “There have been no other complaints from anyone else about the incident.
“But the lady was right to be wary if she was uncertain of her safety and anyone in that position should assess individual situations before stopping for people.”
Anyone who has seen a similar incident unfold should call Derbyshire Police on 101.
Health chiefs ‘delight’ at award shortlist
HEALTH chiefs responsible for the care of more than 500,000 patients in South Derbyshire have been shortlisted for a national award.
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is in line for the Board Leadership title, awarded by Health Services Journal.
CCG members will now have to travel to London on Friday, October 11 to make a presentation to expert judges and to answer questions.
Winners will then be announced during a ceremony in London in November.
Sheila Newport, chairman of NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG, said: “Although we’re never complacent, this national recognition shows that we are making excellent progress towards achieving our vision to continuously improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Southern Derbyshire, using all resources as fairly as possible.
“The judges have recognised that we’re building a strong and successful CCG which is working effectively together to improve the quality of healthcare for patients.”
Eating disorder group set to expand in area
AN eating disorder charity is expanding its support services to South Derbyshire.
First Steps Derbyshire will offer confidential and positive support for people of all ages facing challenges with food and body image.
This support is also extended to parents, carers, families and friends, so they are also welcome to attend the group.
The support group will take place on a Tuesday evening in Swadlincote at Bank House, in Alexandra Road, from between 6pm and 7.30pm.
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