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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Tynedale: Police officers join forces to target travelling criminals

POLICE in Tynedale are taking part in a multi-force operation aimed at targeting travelling criminals operating across counties in the North of England and Scotland.

Around 90 officers from forces in Northumbria, Scotland, Cumbria and North Yorkshire took to some of the key arterial routes in their region on Tuesday for the launch of Operation Checkpoint.

On the A69 near Corbridge, neighbourhood officers were joined by road policing teams, dog handlers, PCSOs and Special Constabulary and VOSA officers to target known criminals and suspicious vehicles passing through.

Police targeted known criminals and their vehicles, along with other vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances, stopping and searching them to prevent criminal activity and gather intelligence.

“In Tynedale we stopped over 80 vehicles, from vans, to those towing trailers with registration plates which didn’t match,” said West Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector, Kevin Oates, who worked with Cumbria Police to initiate the operation.

“It’s really down to the professional judgement of an officer to follow up anything which looks suspicious about a vehicle.”

Fixed penalty notices were issued and VOSA prohibition notices for vehicle defects.

West Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector, Kevin Oates, said: “Protecting our rural communities is a priority and by working with our neighbouring forces in operations like this, we are able to share information on known offenders and work together to keep our communities safe.

“As well as working with other forces in running these operations we work closely with the residents in our rural communities.

“Local people are our eyes and ears on the ground and we rely on their information to let us know what’s going on and where.”

The operation is set to continue throughout the year.