Roads operation in Morpeth
Dated: 30 Jul 2012
Police and partners have checked more than 40 vehicles during a roads policing operation in Morpeth.
Officers from the Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team working alongside staff from VOSA and HMRC carried out the operation aimed at travelling criminals and those using illegal fuel.
Check points were set up on main routes in the Morpeth, Longframlington, Cresswell and Broomhill areas of the town and in total 43 vehicles were stopped and checked and seven drivers were issued with prohibition notices for vehicle and fuel offences.
Morpeth Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: "Working with partners we stopped and checked cars, vans, flat beds and trucks.
"They were checked to make sure the fuel they were using was legal and that the vehicles were safe to be on the roads. We also checked any loads that they were carrying and made sure drivers had all the correct documentation.
"We've recently seen an increase in the number of fuel thefts in the area and are working with partners and residents to clamp down on this type of offence.
"The operation allowed us to gather lots of useful information on those travelling on rural roads and we plan to follow this up with further initiatives."