Police take fight on crime to the roads

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POLICE stopped 50 suspicious-looking vehicles driving on the A14 network and handed out more than 90 fixed penalty, probation and advisory notices in a bid to prevent criminals from using Suffolk’s roads.

During Monday’s operation, carried out by Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing Unit, one vehicle was seized for being driven without a valid licence and 18 fixed penalty notices were handed out to drivers for offences including driving without insurance or MoT and driving with an insecure load.

Sgt Julian Ditcham, of Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “The aim of this operation was to target criminals using the road network in Suffolk. Both the police officers and our partner agencies put in a lot of hard work and it was pleasing that we were able to see some positive results.

“Operations such as this put out a positive and firm message to road users in Suffolk and demonstrate our commitment to working with our partners to tackle crime on Suffolk’s roads.”

Automatic number plate recognition technology was used to stop any suspicious-looking vehicles before checks were made at a nearby checksite at Rougham Lorry Park.

The operation, was a collaboration between Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing Unit, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and HM Revenue and Customs.