A444 car crack­down


Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By BEN EC­CLE­STON Crime Re­porter ben.ec­cle­ston@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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