A444 car crackdown
WEEK OF ACTION WHERE UK FORCES LINK UP WITH EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS
The operation targets foreign nationals who are in the country acting illegally, through their actions or use of motor cars on the road Chief Inspector Kev Mulligan
POLICE chased a suspected stolen car through Coventry after the driver failed to stop for officers carrying out a crackdown on foreign criminals.
The force helicopter was called out to help traffic cops as they tracked the car through the city, including along Allard Way, this lunchtime.
Despite their best efforts, the vehicle fled the scene and the driver got away. The attempts to stop the driver were part of Operation Trivium – a national crackdown on foreign criminals using the UK’s roads.
Trivium is largely led by number plate cameras and targets suspect and wanted vehicles and criminals believed to be involved in crime – both here and on the continent. As well as the unsuccessful pursuit, officers in marked and unmarked cars and motorbikes pulled in a number of vehicles near the A444. Some of these were seized for no insurance or no licence, or both in the case of a driver who was pulled over in a culde-sac. His Skoda was seized and the driver and his unhappy passenger left to walk home. Another seized car – a Ford Focus estate – was taken by officers just ONE DAY after the driver bought it. The motorist hadn’t splashed out on a licence or insurance and will now have to wait – like the Skoda driver – to find out what action police will take. West Midlands Police’s traffic department will decide what action will be taken against him, dependent on any previous convictions or incidents against him.
He could be forced to take part in an educational programme, be fined or potentially end up in magistrates’ court if he disputes the charges.
Drivers of any seized car have seven days to decide whether or not they want their vehicle back.
And if so they must be insured, have a valid licence and pay any potential fines within that time, as well as then paying storage fees.
Chief Insp Kev Mulligan, from West Midlands Police, said: “Operation Trivium is a week of action where UK police forces and our partners across Europe join together targeting specifically foreign nationals who are in the country acting illegally either through their actions or through their use of motor vehicles on the road.
“This is to make sure that those who are here illegally are dealt with accordingly.
“These are issues that our police forces have fed in and recognised as community issues that they really want us to tackle, so twice a year we have a week of action to concentrate our efforts.”