Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner recently joined a team of 31 Special officers on a cross border operation aimed at tackling travelling criminals.
Clive Grunshaw accompanied officers at a checkpoint located on the A671 Market Street, Whitworth as part of Operation Voyager which took place last Friday evening (25 July).
Special officers worked alongside road policing and armed response officers from Lancashire and colleagues from both the North and West Yorkshire police forces.
Three further checkpoints were set up on the A646 Burnley Road, Laneshaw Bridge opposite South View Terrace and the A59 at Gisburn Auction Mart.
A total of 553 vehicles were stopped. Of these, there were three warnings issued for possession of cannabis, one Section 59 warning, seven traffic offences and two vehicles seized for having no insurance. In addition, 18 warnings were issued to vehicles with defects and 23 drivers were asked to produce driving documents to a police station of their choice.
A total of 10 offences ranging from no insurance to no road tax were detected thanks to automatic number plate recognition (ANPR).
Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Friday night’s operation sent a strong message to the criminal fraternity that Lancashire is not a soft touch. We will not tolerate the activities of organised criminals and if they come to Lancashire they will be caught.
“The operation was led by special officers and it was fascinating to see in person how successfully the Citizens in Policing programme is working. The programme brings in more volunteers, special constables and police cadets to provide greater visibility and support for front line policing. It builds on the great relationship that Lancashire Constabulary has built up with the community over many years.
“Lancashire is a safe place to live and we all have a responsibility for keeping it that way.”
Special Inspector Luke Davies addedd: “Cross-border criminality is something that we are working hard to stamp out as we know that criminals travel over to Lancashire from other areas to commit burglaries and car crimes.
“Our efforts on Friday were successful and we will continue conducting this type of work throughout the year.
“I am also confident that the presence of police activity would have severely disrupted criminals operating in the area and sent a clear signal of our intentions.
“We will continue to work with our colleagues in other forces, sharing intelligence and conducting joint operations, to catch these travelling crooks.
“The message is clear to criminals – stay out of Lancashire because sooner or later you will be caught.”
PS Martin Midgley continued: “Special constables are valuable resource to Lancashire Constabulary and this is just one of a number of operations that we coordinate to support neighbourhood policing priorities.
“Without the Special Constabulary these operations would not occur in the frequency they do.”