Felixstowe – Two people arrested and over 40 vehicles checked during multi-agency day of action
The operation took place yesterday, Thursday 13 June, with the aim of disrupting and frustrating the activities of criminals, including organised crime groups, who commit offences across county borders whilst using the road network.
Vehicles identified as being potentially involved in criminality were brought back to a check site at Garrison Lane car park, where police and partner agencies conducted checks of the vehicles and occupants.
The operation was carried-out by officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team, Police Dog Unit, Scorpion Teams and other proactive units.
Partner agencies present included the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, Driver & Vehicle Licencing Agency, Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, the Environment Agency; Driving for Better Business (DFBB); East Suffolk Waste Carriers; and East Suffolk Council taxi licensing.
45 vehicles were escorted back to the site, with just eight leaving clear of any offences.
Two men were arrested as follows:
- A 30-year-old from Croydon, on suspicion of drug driving (cannabis), obstructing a police officer, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and driving without an MOT
- A 34-year-old man from Felixstowe, arrested on suspicion of drug driving (cannabis and cocaine)
Both were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
24 Traffic Offence Reports were issued as follows: five for number plate offences; four for no MOT; three for defective tyres; two for no insurance; two for insecure load; and one each for no driving licence; using a mobile phone; tinted windows; no secondary coupling; defective lights; defective exhaust; defective brakes and permitting no insurance.
Two vehicles were seized for no insurance; and four vehicle defect rectification notices were issued.
Four people provided negative breath tests and four people provided negative drug tests.
The DVSA issued 12 immediate prohibitions, taking those vehicles off the road straight away; nine delayed prohibitions; and 36 advisory notices.
DWP had 25 interactions, with one requiring follow-up work; Trading Standards had 12 interactions, giving advice in 11 cases; and East Suffolk Waste Carriers had 17 interactions, with five requiring follow-up work.
Inspector Gary Miller, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “This was another excellent day of action and the fact that offences were found in connection with 37 of the 45 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.”
Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk, said: “Another very successful partnership day of action with some great results - well done to everyone involved.
“I'm a huge fan of these targeted multi-agency operations. They are a clear, strong message to those involved in criminality and drivers who chose to flout the law by driving vehicles unfit for the road or being unfit to drive themselves, they stand a good chance of getting caught and if they are, appropriate action will be taken.”
Pictured at the day of action (top right): Chief Constable Steve Jupp and PC Kelly Milton (RAPT)