Police campaign to target Sunderland road criminals

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POLICE joined forces with partners to run an operation aimed at stopping criminals on the roads.

Northumbria Police Motor Patrols officers teamed up with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to carry out the operation.

Codenamed Operation County, it took place on Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18, at the A1(M) in the Washington area.

Police stopped 75 vehicles with 54 drivers being dealt with for a variety of offences. Of note, one person was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified, two summons were issued for dangerous driving and five for no insurance.

Five vehicles were uplifted for no insurance, and two vehicles were found to be using red diesel - one of these was also uplifted. In total VOSA issued 31 prohibition notices. Other drivers were issued with advice notices for minor defects.

Acting Motor Patrols Inspector Lynne McKevitt said: “The operation was aimed at targeting dangerous and unroadworthy vehicles and preventing criminals the use of the roads.

“The two-day operation was successful, with 75 vehicles stopped and 54 of those being dealt with for a variety of offences, ranging from minor defects to vehicles seizures.

“I hope it sends the message out to law abiding motorists that we’re continuing to run operations together with partners to ensure those flouting road safety regulations do not put the safety of other road users and pedestrians at risk.

“We’re well aware the vast majority of people are law abiding and the aim of operations such as this is to ensure we deal with those who aren’t.”