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Eighty cars stopped in po­lice crack­down

Rutherglen Reformer - - Devastated - Edel Ke­nealy

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

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