Forest Heath: Action day sees three arrests

A multi-agency crime operation held in Suffolk targets criminals travelling in and around the county

A multi-agency crime operation held in Suffolk targets criminals travelling in and around the county and uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to target them. - Credit: Archant � 2010

More than 50 vehicles were stopped around Forest Heath as part of a Suffolk Police day of action today.

Officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition to target vehicles and people suspected of committing crime travelling along the A11 and A14 between Newmarket and Mildenhall.

The multi-agency initiative also involved officers from the Scorpion team dedicated to tackling crime and disorder, and firearms and dogs units along with VOSA, Trading Standards and the Environment Agency.

A total of 51 vehicles were stopped with 28 taken to a site on Turnpike Road for extra checks.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of theft by the Cambridgeshire IMPACT team, also supporting the operation, and taken into custody in Cambridgeshire.

Three fines were issued for MOT and tinted window offences and 12 advisory notices given, while VOSA issued five immediate prohibitions and five delayed prohibitions.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Bacon from Suffolk Constabulary’s county policing command said: “These intelligence-led days of actions highlight Suffolk Constabulary’s commitment to disrupting crime in the county.

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“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.

“Working with partner agencies, the day also gives us the opportunity to remove unsafe vehicles from the roads and carry out enforcement where necessary.

“We will continue to carry out days of actions like these across the county and use enforcement to make Suffolk a safer place to live, travel and invest.

“Our thanks go to Derek Cooper (Transport) Ltd for allowing us to use their depot as a check point.”

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