Dozens stopped in Huntingdon road policing operation

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A roads policing operation carried out on Friday (June 5) in Huntingdon stopped 67 vehicles for a variety of reasons including criminal and traffic related offences.

The operation, named Op Alliance, is a regional Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and roads policing operation which has been running throughout the eastern region, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, this week.

Coinciding with the National Police Chief’s summer drink and drug drive campaign, the operation was held last week in Ipswich on Monday, June 1 and Thursday (June 4) in Essex, working with a range of partner agencies including immigration, the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS), the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Friday’s activity focussed on Brampton Hut Services and Great North Road, Huntingdon, between 9am and 4pm.

The intention of the operation was to use ANPR and intelligence to disrupt criminals using the strategic road networks along the A1 and A14 and to focus on casualty reduction by working in partnership with other agencies.

During the operation officers arrested two people; a 26-year-old man from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and a 37-year-old man from Huntingdon was arrested on suspicion of driving without a licence or insurance, failing to stop for police and possession with intent to supply a class B drug. Both were taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough.

Nine traffic offence reports (TORs) were issued for not wearing a seatbelt, no insurance, speeding and using a mobile phone while driving.

Nine prohibition notices were issued in relation to defects on vehicles and three £100 fines were issued relating to dangerous usage of caravans and excess driver hours for heavy goods vehicles.

Three summons were issued for traffic related offences and four vehicles were seized under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.

Sergeant Lewis Ducket from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: “The ANPR intercept teams had a very successful day removing vehicles from the roads that were either uninsured or believed to be used in crime.

“We also dealt with a number of safety matters related to motor vehicles. I would encourage people to ensure they conduct regular checks and maintenance of vehicles they use.

“In all the ANPR and road policing teams did exactly what the residents of Cambridgeshire expect and that is to proactively seek out and deny criminals the use of our roads.”