23 people are arrested in cross-border crime fight
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