Neighbouring police forces in joint operation

By Ross Gazette reporter in Crime

More than 50 vehicles were stopped and checked for criminal activity and road traffic offences, in a joint operation between Gloucestershire Constabulary and West Mercia Police.

Operation Cross ran on Wednesday, April 26th between 9am and noon at the Staunton Court Business Park on the A417 Ledbury Road.

It was in response to concerns in the rural community about the thefts of high value trailers, quad bikes and off-road motorcycles.

Vehicles towing Ifor Williams trailers, and vans capable of carrying motorbikes were amongst those stopped.

No stolen property was identified, but:

• two drivers were issued with traffic offence reports (TORs) - one for driving without a seatbelt and one for having no insurance

• seven trailers were checked and the drivers of six were found to have not yet registered as the current owners - they were advised to update their records, which could help in any future reports of theft

• HMRC staff conducted fuel ‘dips’ on 26 vehicles for red diesel, which is only supposed to be used in farm machinery

• one motorist was caught for speeding

• two drivers were given advice for towing trailers without the relevant category on their licence

• valuable intelligence was gathered on one vehicle and its occupants

Gloucestershire police inspector Lee Solly said: “It was a successful event on a number of levels. The idea was to disrupt criminal activity and reassure the rural community. “The liaison between the two forces has greatly improved and we were able to share information about burglaries with similar methods of operation that have occurred within our two areas.” Further operations are planned in the two force areas.

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