250 ve­hi­cles stopped in po­lice crime fight

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

FOUR peo­ple were ar­rested and al­most 250 ve­hi­cles stopped dur­ing a mas­sive po­lice op­er­a­tion aimed at dis­rupt­ing crime across the re­gion.

Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow was aimed at stop­ping crim­i­nals trav­el­ling be­tween Cheshire, Greater Manch­ester, Stafford­shire and Shrop­shire on March 9.

It was the fifth phase of a crack­down on il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity and deny­ing crim­i­nals the use of the roads.

Us­ing the Au­to­matic Num­ber Plate Recog­ni­tion (ANPR) cam­eras, of­fi­cers were able to mon­i­tor vir­tu­ally ev­ery ve­hi­cle. It re­sulted in four ar­rests in­clud­ing three for sus­pected drug driv­ing and one of a man wanted by po­lice. Six­teen ve­hi­cles were seized and 47 traf­fic of­fences were recorded.

In­spec­tor Steve Grif­fiths, of 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.

“Crim­i­nals of­ten rely on the road net­work to en­able them to com­mit crim­i­nal of­fences.

“They don’t view force bound­aries as a bar to com­mit­ting th­ese of­fences and will of­ten cross bor­ders to con­duct their ac­tiv­ity.

“There is a link be­tween the il­le­gal use of ve­hi­cles and other se­ri­ous crime.”

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