A multi-agency police operation has been hailed as a “great success” following the seizure of 25 cars and nine arrests.
Police operated throughout the Suffolk area on 3rd August under the codename ‘Operation Utah’.
Teams from Lowestoft, Ipswich, and thee other departments, joined forces with the DVLA, HM Revenue and Customs, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, and the UK Border Agency.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology was employed throughout Suffolk on key roads, alerting the police when law breaking vehicles passed.
Vehicles suspected of breaking the law were escorted to a specially cordoned area in central Ipswich, where specialist police were on hand to search the cars for drugs, wanted persons, counterfeit and stolen items, and wanted persons.
Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Inspector Adrian Dawson said the day had been a great success for all those involved in the operation.
“We were looking at anything to do with crime – when stopping a vehicle, you don’t know what you’re going to find,” he said.
“It was a very successful day. We made nine arrests for various offences, including theft, disqualified driving, drink-driving and we gave one caution for possession of cannabis.
“We also seized 25 vehicles, the two main reasons for this were having no insurance or driving licence.”
Vehicles were stopped at Haverhill and Mildenhall, with 76 vehicles stopped during the afternoon at the operational base in Ipswich.
Chief Insp. Adrian Dawson continued: “A few people have had their pride and joy seized. The message is that we are here, we are targeting crime and people who commit these offences will have their vehicles taken from them.”
Operation Utah is part of a multi-regional crackdown on law breaking vehicles, with Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire also taking part.
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