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Police use 'covert lorry' to find drivers on their phones

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Image caption Thames Valley Police have begun using a "covert lorry" to catch mobile phone users on the A34 and M40 after a number of fatal collisions in the area

Police have used a "covert lorry" to spy on drivers using their phones.

Thames Valley Police caught 12 drivers on the A34 and M40 in Oxfordshire using phones on a single day during the operation.

It comes after a lorry driver was sentenced to four years for killing a family-of-four by getting distracted when using his phone on the A34.

Police said that one driver was filmed for 30 seconds driving with no hands on the steering wheel.

Chief inspector Henry Parsons said: "Sometimes HGV drivers think as they are high up we cannot see them using a device, but with this tactic we definitely can."

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Media captionDash cam footage shows Tomasz Kroker at the wheel of his lorry before the crash on the A34 in Berkshire

On 31 October Tomasz Kroker was sentenced to four years after he pleaded guilty to using his phone while in charge of a lorry.

After getting distracted he ploughed into a number of cars killing Tracey Houghton, her two sons and her stepdaughter.

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Image caption Tracy Houghton, her son Ethan, stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith and younger son Josh were all killed in the crash

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