Major police operation targets travelling criminals: Five arrested

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Last night a major operation involving five police forces took place, targeting travelling criminals across the north of England.

Five people were arrested, 207 vehicles stopped, five vehicles seized and 17 drivers reported for a number of offences, including possession of drugs and 'wildlife crime'.

Twelve breath tests and one drug test were conducted on drivers. Two of the arrests were for drink driving.

Over 100 officers and community support officers from Northumbria, Durham, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire took part in Operation Checkpoint yesterday.

The officers were supported by over 80 volunteers, including special constables, farmers and gamekeepers.

The operation was the eighth of its kind in two years and designed to gather intelligence about travelling criminals, disrupt their use of the road network and bring anyone found breaking the law to justice.

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.