08:00 Friday 30 November 2012

Checks uncover drugs, illegal immigrants and stolen 4x4

Written byADRIAN JENKINS

CRIMINALS were clobbered when more than 200 vehicles were stopped during a massive multi-agency road safety operation.

PoliceOffenders breaking motoring, immigration and drugs laws were brought to book in a crackdown which saw vehicles stopped and checked at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium.

During the operation:

A total of 225 vehicles were stopped and taken to the check site or dealt with at the roadside;

Three men were arrested for immigration offences for further investigation by UK Border Agency;

One man was arrested on warrant for an offence in the West Midlands area;

One stolen Land Rover on false plates was recovered;

Six people were searched for drugs, resulting in seizure of cannabis and one street warning for possession of cannabis;

Thirty-five occupants were spoken to by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP);

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) identified three offences. The drivers of two vehicles being run on illegal fuel were fined more than £500 each and a third person is under investigation for the supply of illegal fuel;

Fifteen vehicles were issued with immediate prohibition notices by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) due to vehicle defects including suspension, tyres and overweight vehicles;

Five delayed prohibition notices were issued by VOSA;

Six vehicles were seized for having no insurance;

Forty fixed penalty notices were issued for traffic offences including no insurance, failing to wear a seat belt and speeding;

Four drivers were reported for driving without due care and attention/due consideration;

Ten drivers were reported for summons for offences not eligible for a fixed penalty notice; and

Nineteen drivers were given verbal advice over minor traffic matters.

More than 100 police officers and partner agency staff took part.

Sergeant Rob Gilligan of Staffordshire Police’s road policing team said: “We hope this sends a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with committing offences that they will be caught.”

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