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Eighty cars stopped in police crackdown
More than 80 motorists were stopped by police in a day of action which saw cars seized and people arrested in Rutherglen.
Police officers from the Lanarkshire division alcohol and violence reduction unit (DAVRU) stopped cars on Cambuslang Road in a bid to crack down on people who use the road network to commit crime, specifically to transport stolen goods.
The operation, on Wednesday, June 7, saw one driver’s vehicle seized after they were found driving without insurance, two people charged with driving without a valid driver’s licence and three people charged with driving without a valid MOT certificate.
One further man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Sergeant Brian Scanlan, from the Rutherglen DAVRU who led the operation, said: “This day of action was in response to individuals suspected of travelling into the Cambuslang and Rutherglen areas who may have involvement in acquisitive crime.
“We work closely with partner agencies to disrupt and detect offences using high visibility stop checks of vehicles and engagement with drivers.
“We have had very positive feedback from motorists and members of the public who were reassured by our activity. We also gathered a significant amount of intelligence during the operation which is being assessed and considered for further action.”
The DVARU was supported in the operation by colleagues from the local problem solving team, roads policing and plain clothes officers. Assistance was also provided by external partners from South Lanarkshire Council’s trading standards team and the Department of Work and Pensions.
Inspector Jim Gillespie at Rutherglen police office said: “A large proportion of persons involved in alleged criminality use the road network to move stolen property. This operation demonstrates the value of working with partners to detect offences, disrupt criminality and gather intelligence.
“Local problem solving team officers for the area were also involved and will continue to work closely with the local community and partners to impact upon criminality and keep people safe”.
Operation Police stopped 80 vehicles in Rutherglen