Seventy vehicles were checked in Newmarket during a day of action led by the Roads and Armed Policing Team last week which resulted in two arrests, vehicles seized and a series of other offences detected.
The operation took place on Friday, April 23, with the aim of disrupting and frustrating the activities of criminals, including organised crime groups, who commit offences across county borders whilst using the road network.
Vehicles identified as being potentially involved in criminality or committing traffic offences were brought back to a check site at the George Lambton playing field in the town, where police officers conducted checks of the vehicles and occupants.
Two arrests were made – one for immigration offences and one for a failure to appear before the courts. Two vehicles were seized for insurance and licence matters.
A total of 70 vehicles were escorted back to the check site, with just 18 leaving the site clear of any offences.
A total of 63 Traffic Offence Reports were issued with some of the offences as follows: 14 for insecure loads, nine for not wearing a seatbelt; five for no valid driving licence, 10 for number plate offences, three for driving vehicles in a dangerous condition, four for being overweight vehicles, three for defective tyres and three for defective brakes.
Officers are also focused on all-round road safety and the fatal four offences of drink/drug driving, driving whilst using a mobile phone, speeding, and not wearing a seatbelt.
Anyone suspected of committing any of these offences was also stopped, along with people driving vehicles which were unroadworthy or had a defect. All of these actions serve towards making the county’s roads safer and reduce the likelihood of someone being killed or seriously injured by an illegally/unsafely driven or defective vehicle.
The operation was carried-out by officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team, Road Casualty Reduction Team and Scorpion Teams, supported by Neighbourhood Officers.
Other partner agencies involved were HMRC, NAVCIS, Immigration and Environmental Health and Licencing.
PC Matthew Dale, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: The purpose of this operation is to continue to make Suffolk a hostile environment for criminals who use the road network and to also provide reassurance to the local community. These days of action are a fantastic example of partner agencies coming together to help making the county a safer place and yesterday’s activities were really well received by the members of the public.
“Working with partner agencies, the day also gives us the opportunity to remove unsafe vehicles from the roads and carry out enforcement where necessary.