A driver who failed to stop for police and a taxi driver who tested positive for drugs were among those arrested yesterday during a police crackdown in Thetford.
More than 70 vehicles were stopped during yesterday’s mutli-agency roads policing operation which aimed to catch criminals using the roads and target unsafe vehicles.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit teamed up with roads policing colleagues from Essex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire, the counties’ joint dog section and partner agencies to take part in Operation Alliance.
Police motorcyclists patrolled the A11, A134, B1106, A1075, A1066 and surrounding roads and used Automatic Number Plate Recognition to identify vehicles of interest and pulled over vehicles which showed signs of being unsafe.
Fuel testing, drug checks and vehicle examinations were carried out at the Forest Retail Park car park, in London Road, with assistance from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, HM Revenue & Customs, Trading Standards, Department for Work and Pensions and UK Border Agency.
One driver failed to stop for officers and was arrested, following a police pursuit, for dangerous driving, failing to stop, having no insurance and having no licence.
Five others were arrested after testing positive for driving under the influence of drugs, including a taxi driver who was transporting a customer.
One vehicle was found to be overloaded by 32 per cent of its gross weight and more than 40 traffic offence reports were issued for offences ranging from uninsured and unlicensed vehicles to failing to wear a seat belt.
Sergeant Peter Howlett, of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, praised the large scale operation for bringing together skilled resources to disrupt criminal activity.
Speaking yesterday, he said: “More than 70 offences were detected in total during the operation and I am extremely pleased with the results. I am thankful for my colleagues and partners for their ongoing support and hope this sends a clear message to those who break the law.
“We have taken several dangerous offenders off the road today and have reiterated that any deviations from the law will be dealt with stringently.
“Remember, if you fail to insure and MOT your vehicle, use drink or drugs, speed or use your mobile phone whilst driving, you put everyone’s lives at risk - not just your own.”