Multi-agency day of action in the Ipswich area
Four people were arrested and over 70 vehicles were checked during a multi-agency day of action in and around Ipswich last week.
The operation took place on Wednesday 18 December, 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 the Tesco truck stop, next to the A12/A14 Copdock Mill interchange, 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, Road Casualty Reduction Team, Police Dog Unit and Sentinel Team.
Partner agencies present were the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), Driver & Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA), Home Office Immigration Officers, Environmental Health, Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Suffolk Trading Standards, Marston’s civil debt recovery, Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) fines recovery and Babergh District Council waste management.
74 vehicles were escorted back to the site, with just 12 leaving clear of any offences.
A warrant was also executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act at a premises in Back Hamlet, Ipswich, where numerous wraps of Class A drugs and over £1,000 in cash were seized.
Four men were arrested and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning as follows:
- A 27-year-old man from Hadleigh arrested on suspicion of drug-driving. He was subsequently charged with three offences: failing to provide a specimen of blood for analysis; possession of cocaine; and using a vehicle on which not every stop lamp was in good working order. He was bailed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 25 February.
- A 28-year-old man from Canvey Island arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and released under investigation pending further enquiries.
- A 38-year-old man from Ipswich arrested on suspicion of drug-driving. He will face no further police action.
- A 26-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He has been released under investigation pending further enquires.
39 Traffic Offence Reports were issued as follows: 10 for no seatbelt; eight for number plate offences; five for no insurance; five for tinted windows; three for no MOT; two for no driving licence; two for dangerous condition; one each for defective lights, no mirrors and failing to stop at a red traffic light.
Five vehicles were seized for no insurance; seven vehicle defect notices were issued; and one eyesight check conducted.
29 people were breathalysed – all of which were negative and four people were tested for drugs, two of which were positive (as per arrest details above).
The Suffolk Safety Camera Partnership deployed to Henley Road, Tuddenham Road, London Road, Hadleigh Road and Sproughton Road and detected 111 speeding offences.
The DVSA issued four immediate prohibitions - taking those vehicles off the road straight away, seven delayed prohibitions and 33 advisory notices. The DVLA clamped six vehicles for no tax, seized two vehicles, issued thee warnings and recovered £1,800 in fines.
The GLAA spoke with 50 workers and gathered five intelligence reports; HMRC challenged 26 vehicles checking for illegal fuel with no offences found; Suffolk Trading Standards made 11 interactions, providing guidance to five people and gathered three intelligence reports.
Marston’s civil debt recovery collected £616 in fines; IBC fines recovery collected £140; and Babergh District Council waste management searched 12 vehicles, detecting five offences and offering advice to four others, two of which require follow-ups.
Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “The results of these days of action speak for themselves, with four people arrested and 62 of the 74 vehicles we brought back to the check site recording offences.
“That figure – representing over 80% of the vehicles we inspected – is consistent with previous operations and illustrates the high-number of people who are prepared to take unnecessary risks on our roads.
“We are now using these days to bring more elements of police enforcement together, highlighted by the successful drug warrant that was executed and the 111 speeding offences which were detected.
“We will continue to hold these operations on a regular basis, to target criminals who either reside in the county, or are travelling through, and also to remove unsafe vehicles and people driving illegally, making Suffolk a safer place to live for everyone.”
Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk, said: “Another fantastic result for our hard-working officers – well done to all involved and thank you to all the partner agencies that also took part.
“These multi-agency days are tremendously successful, keeping criminals and defective vehicles off our county’s roads.
“It always amazes me how many drivers on our roads are either unfit to drive or in a unroadworthy vehicle.
“These days of action are an excellent way of highlighting the work of our roads policing – but remember this is what they do every hour of every day and they will be out all over the Christmas period, so please drive safe.”