Barnstaple police stop 80 drivers in anti-drugs traffic operation

Police were out in force on Alexandra Road in Barnstaple as part of the ANPR operation

Police were out in force on Alexandra Road in Barnstaple as part of the ANPR operation - Credit: Archant

No drugs found but multiple tickets handed out for other offences

Police stopped more than 80 vehicles in a traffic operation on Monday.

Through the use of automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, officers stopped and searched vehicles around Barnstaple for evidence of drugs use and supply.

The Barnstaple Proactive Delivery Team joined local officers, traffic teams and a Force drugs dogs to take part in an operation lead by PC Sandy Fish, which used high visibility and unmarked police cars in key areas of the town, including Alexandra Road and Braunton Road.

Eight vehicles were searched with the drugs dog used on three of them.


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Although no drugs were found, police issued a number of tickets for other offences such as mobile phone use, not wearing a seat belt, road tax, MOT, window tint and exhausts.

Several vehicles were dipped for red diesel, while breath tests, warnings and advice were given out.

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“Due to the large number of vehicles being driven in and around the town both day and night, we closely monitor standards of driving,” said PC Fish.

“Although no drugs were seized on this occasion the operation was successful in improving road safety in Barnstaple.”

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