23 peo­ple are ar­rested in cross-bor­der crime fight

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

PO­LICE stopped more than 700 ve­hi­cles and ar­rested 23 peo­ple dur­ing a one-day re­gion­wide crack­down on ‘cross-bor­der’ crime.

Of­fi­cers from five forces, in­clud­ing Cheshire, were in­volved in Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow to dis­rupt crooks trav­el­ling across the North West.

Us­ing Au­to­matic Num­ber Plate Recog­ni­tion (ANPR) cam­eras, road pa­trols mon­i­tored vir­tu­ally ev­ery ve­hi­cle which crossed the borders be­tween five coun­ties.

Dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow, there were:

• More than 700 ve­hi­cles stopped • 60 ve­hi­cles seized • 23 ar­rests, in­clud­ing: four on sus­pi­cion of bur­glary, three for pos­ses­sion with in­tent to sup­ply class A drugs, two men wanted on war­rant, two dis­qual­i­fied driv­ers, three pos­i­tive road­side drugs tests, two ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of theft and two on sus­pi­cion of af­fray.

The op­er­a­tion got off to a suc­cess­ful start when of­fi­cers ar­rested four men on sus­pi­cion of bur­glary as they made their way to the op­er­a­tional brief­ing in Sandbach.

Cheshire Po­lice Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne was later in­volved in the ar­rest of a man on the A500 near Crewe for pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon, and a Dutch lorry driver was fined £680 and had his ve­hi­cle seized for driv­ing over the le­gal num­ber of hours.

Insp Stu­art York, from Cheshire Po­lice, said: “We are re­lent­less in our pur­suit of or­gan­ised crime and will use a whole host of tac­tics to dis­rupt crim­i­nals work­ing in our re­gion.

“Crim­i­nals do not sim­ply stop com­mit­ting crimes when they reach the po­lice bor­der, but in­stead rely on the road net­work to en­able them to com­mit crim­i­nal of­fences.

“There is a strong link be­tween the illegal use of ve­hi­cles and other se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime, which is why we are work­ing to­gether with our col­leagues to tar­get these crim­i­nals as they travel across the re­gion.”

Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow was one of the largest ever un­der­taken by Cheshire Con­stab­u­lary and in­volved more than 200 of­fi­cers from across all five po­lice forces.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Andy South­cott from Cheshire Po­lice said: “This op­er­a­tion was about us­ing joint re­sources to make the roads in our re­gion a hos­tile place for trav­el­ling crim­i­nals who do harm in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“The mes­sage is clear – you use stolen ve­hi­cles, you drive il­le­gally, you travel the roads to com­mit crime, then we will tar­get you.”

●● Au­to­matic Num­ber Plate Recog­ni­tion po­lice ve­hi­cles as part of cross-bor­der op­er­a­tion to tackle cross-bor­der crime

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