Road Crime Team arrest 10 and recover 4 stolen vehicles
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Our Road Crime Team led a successful Essex-wide policing operation to tackle road crime that saw 10 arrests and four stolen vehicles recovered in just three days.
Our Road Crime Team’s dedication to tackling crime on our roads resulted in 10 arrests and four stolen vehicles recovered as they worked alongside Metropolitan Police officers over a three-day period last week. Furthermore, 23 vehicles were taken off the road and seized as drivers committed offences linked to driving licences and no insurance.
The work was thanks to the Road Crime Team (RCT) which led teams from across the force in an effort to identify those using the roads in Essex to commit crime or breaking the law in reference to driving document offences between Tuesday 16 January and Thursday 18 January.
RCT worked alongside colleagues from our Operational Support Group (OSG), Roads Policing officers and Dogs Unit and officers from the Metropolitan Police and Hertfordshire to tackle cross border vehicle-related crime and offences, focussing on identifying and disrupting individuals concerned in committing offences.
In total, four stolen vehicles were recovered, and ten drivers arrested.
On the first night of policing, our Road Crime Team spotted a car reported stolen in London and the driver was arrested after the vehicle was brought to a stop. Later that same evening, the driver of a cloned car was arrested after a pursuit ended with the driver being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, possession of drugs and no driving licence or insurance.
Reports of a man driving the wrong way along Parkway in Chelmsford on the second evening (17 January) also resulted in an arrest. He failed a roadside drug wipe test and enquiries at the scene established he had no licence and no insurance resulting in the car being seized.
In total, 23 vehicles were seized for no insurance and driving licence offences over the three-night period.
Thirty-eight drivers were reported for a variety of offences, including not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone and careless driving.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs and driver on suspicion of drug driving.
We will continue to work hard to disrupt those responsible for vehicle thefts by continued use of intelligence to identify perpetrators, gather evidence and identify patterns of offending.
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