250 vehicles stopped in police crime fight
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.”