150 vehicles stopped in crackdown on rural crime

Date: Thursday 10th May 2018

MORE than 150 vehicles were stopped in Cumbria during an operation focused on tackling rural crime.

Cumbria police joined officers from Cleveland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumbria and North Yorkshire as part of Operation Checkpoint, which targets organised crime groups who travel throughout the region committing offences.

Alongside police officers, Pcsos, special constabulary officers and farm watch volunteers took part in the initiative.

In Cumbria, numerous fixed penalty notices were given out for a variety of traffic offences and one cannabis warning was issued. One person was also arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Commenting on the initiative, acting Inspector Gaynor Taylor said: “Operation Checkpoint is a very successful collaboration between police forces in the north west and north east regions.

“Operations such as this are vital in not only disrupting criminals who travel across county borders, but in gaining intelligence by engaging with the rural communities.”

She said engagement with the public was positive, with police giving crime prevention advice and also gaining valuable intelligence from vehicle stops.

Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner, Peter McCall, said: “I have experienced these operations first hand and they are an excellent example of communities and police working across county borders to capture criminals.”

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