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Three arrested during day of police action in Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 22:10 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 22:10 28 June 2018

Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of Suffolks roads policing unit Picture: SIMON PARKER

Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of Suffolks roads policing unit Picture: SIMON PARKER

Three people were arrested and more than 50 vehicles were checked during a crime crack down on Suffolk’s roads.

The operation took place in the Bury St Edmunds area on Wednesday with the aim of disrupting the activities of criminals.

Suspicious vehicles were brought back to a check site at Rougham Hill Lorry Park to be searched and for occupants to be questioned.

In total, 58 vehicles were escorted back to the site, with just 13 found to be clear of any offences.

Three men were arrested and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning, and subsequently released under investigation.

They included a 33-year-old man from the Bury St Edmunds area for driving while on cannabis, and a 28-year-old man from the Colchester area for driving while on cocaine. A 33-year-old man from Thetford was also detained on suspicion of being over the drug-drive limit whilst supervising a learner driver; and also for possession of cannabis.

A number of vehicles were also seized and 34 Traffic Offence Reports were issued.

The operation was carried out by Suffolk Constabulary in partnership with Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Trading Standards, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NAVCIS).

Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of Suffolk’s roads policing unit, said: “This was another excellent day of action and the fact that offences were found in connection with 45 of the 58 vehicles brought back to the check site, displays how important it is that we carry-out these operations.

“This work is intelligence led and vehicles that are believed to be involved in criminality, or committing other offences, are stopped and brought back to the check site where our officers - and those of our partners - can conduct their checks and take appropriate action, such as making arrests and seizing vehicles if necessary.

“We will continue to hold these operations on a regular basis, both to target any criminals who may be travelling through Suffolk, but also to remove unsafe vehicles and people driving illegally, making our roads and county as a whole safer for everyone.”

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