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Four held for drug-driving before lunchtime during Lowestoft police purge

PUBLISHED: 13:02 28 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:02 28 April 2016

Police crack down motoring offences

Police crack down motoring offences

A day of action by police in Lowestoft resulted in four arrests for drug-driving, seven vehicles being seized, more than 20 drug searches and 70 other traffic offences being detected.

Wednesday’s operation was linked to ongoing work to deal with the supply of drugs into Lowestoft.

By lunchtime, three men had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of cocaine and cannabis. One of the men, a 30-year-old from Lowestoft, arrested in Yarmouth Road at about 9.50am, was also detained for driving with no insurance.

A fourth driver, aged 32 and local, was arrested at Camp Road at about 10.50am on suspicion of driving under the influence of cannabis.

All were bailed to return to police at a later date.

Meanwhile, one disqualified driver was interviewed and reported, seven vehicles were seized and their drivers dealt with for having no insurance, and nine people were found to be driving without MoT certificates.

Police also completed reports for 22 people driving while not wearing a seatbelt, 18 people seen using a mobile phone while driving and two who were speeding. A further 12 other offences related to the condition of vehicles and breach of traffic regulations.

Sergeant Julian Ditcham said: “Among the aims of the day were to remove unsafe vehicles from the road, to raise awareness of road safety issues and to target those committing offences such as drink and drug-driving, driving without insurance, driving while using mobile phones and speeding – and we dealt with a number of motorists throughout the course of the day.

“This shows there are still a number of road users who are prepared to put themselves and other innocent members of the public at risk through drug driving and other offences such as using a mobile while behind the wheel. We will continue to carry out days like this to deal with those committing offences.”

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