Criminals travelling across the border between Cheshire and Merseyside were greeted with more than a surprise on Wednesday 1st October as officers from both Cheshire and Merseyside Police took part in Operation Crossbow.
Aiming to disrupt illegal road activity between Cheshire and Merseyside, the joint action targeted vehicles with links to crime and disorder.
Using the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, officers were able to monitor virtually every vehicle which crossed the border between the two counties.
The Operation, led by Detective Chief Inspector Paul Beachamp from Cheshire Police, was a great success and resulted in:
Â· Over 700 vehicles stops
Â· 7 arrests (Including failed to attend warrants, recall to prison and a man wanted for a sexual offence).
Â· 39 vehicles seized.
Â· Over 60 fixed penalty notices for a variety of road traffic offences.
Â· 5 people reported for benefit fraud.
Â· One male fined Â£600.00 for using red diesel.
Â· 8 trading standards notices issued
Â· One arrest for drug possession.
DCI Beachamp, said: “Criminals often cross borders to conduct their activity and in many cases, there is a link between illegal vehicles and other serious crime.
“We have a great range of resources such as the ANPR cameras and the technology is brilliant in identifying offenders and bringing them to justice.
“Uninsured drivers pose a threat to others with unsafe vehicles on the road. We are able to identify them, take them off the road and make the countyâ€²s road network much safer for legal road users.”
The operation was carried out at a number of static locations on the county border and by mobile officers in the area.
As well as the forces working together, a number of other authorities âˆ’ such as the DVSA, HMRC and Trading standards – worked closely to help bring criminals using the roads to justice.
Both Cheshire and Merseyside police are keen to remind the public that they too can help keep our roads safer by reporting illegal use of vehicles to the police on 101. Alternatively information can be reported anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.