Cars seized from Barnstaple streets in police vehicle crackdown

A TWO-week illegal vehicle crackdown has resulted in a number of cars being seized from the region s roads. Working in conjunction with the Devon and Cornwall Police automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) team, officers used the latest vehicle detectio

A TWO-week illegal vehicle crackdown has resulted in a number of cars being seized from the region's roads.

Working in conjunction with the Devon and Cornwall Police automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) team, officers used the latest vehicle detection equipment to stop drivers for a range of offences.

Car-mounted cameras were used to scan number plates and identify vehicles that were being used illegally. Seven were seized from streets in Barnstaple and five endorsable and 13 non-endorsable fixed penalty notices were issued for a variety of offences including no road tax and driving licences.

Four other drivers were reported to court for having no insurance, while one order was made under the vehicle rectification scheme for immediate repairs to be made to an unroadworthy car.


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During the operation, local officers also made searches and found a knife and a quantity of cannabis within two vehicles.

Barnstaple Sector Inspector Tom Holmes, said: "I am very pleased with the results of this recent operation which has made a direct impact on improving road safety by seizing the vehicles of uninsured drivers from the streets of Barnstaple.

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"I feel the joint working between local officers and those of the ANPR team improves confidence within the community that we have the capability to deal with serious road traffic issues, and tackle criminals who use illegal vehicles to assist in their crimes."

Insp Holmes said the team was confident that the operation was fully supported by the community.

"Further deployments for the cameras will be made in the run up to Christmas," he added.

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