Targeting criminals using cross border roads
24 February 2012
Over 60 vehicles were stopped and checked during a collaborative
operation held on the Norfolk/Suffolk border on Thursday 23
February 2012 using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)
Operation Identify aimed to disrupt those criminals intent on
using the cross border road network.
Officers from Norfolk and Suffolk’s ANPR Intercept teams
deployed at strategically chosen locations on the Suffolk/Norfolk
border between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, with the intention of
denying and stopping motorists suspected of crime, mainly burglary,
handling stolen property and other offences of interest to
Automated Number Plate Recognition technology was used by police
officers to stop suspicious vehicles. Police officers and
representatives from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Fuel
Testing Unit then carried out thorough checks on both the vehicles
and their occupants.
During the operation 62 vehicles were intercepted, with five
seized for driving licence, insurance and red diesel offences.
Officers issued 15 Fixed Penalty Notices for offences including
no insurance and no MOT, and a warning was issued under section 23
of the Misuse of Drugs Act after a small amount of cannabis was
seized from one driver.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Quantrell said:
“By using modern technology we were able to stop and process a
number of vehicles for a wide range of offences. The thorough work
that was done by police officers from both Norfolk and Suffolk and
the HMRC Fuel Testing Unit meant that we were able to make a major
contribution towards road safety and disrupting criminals’ use of
“This operation was a great example of collaborative working
between two forces and all involved put in a lot of hard work and
it was pleasing that everyone was able to see positive results.
“We hope that this operation has further demonstrated our
commitment to using the latest technology and working jointly to
tackle crime on Norfolk and Suffolk’s roads.”
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