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20th Operation Checkpoint Protects Rural Communities

20th Op Checkpoint Rural Crime Day of Action

Picture Shows PCC with Officers, Staff and Volunteers

Cleveland Police joined police forces around the country to take part in National Rural Crime Day of Action yesterday evening, Thursday 8th November.

The Force held Operation Checkpoint, the 20th of its kind, aimed at targeting criminals who use the road networks to commit crime in rural areas.

Operation Checkpoint aims to gather intelligence on cross-border offenders, as well as provide high-visibility reassurance to local communities, and prevent and disrupt criminal activity through intelligence-led patrols and the use of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) network.

More than 30 officers and volunteers came together to take part, with Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger present at the operational briefing.

During the operation, several vehicles were seized for having no insurance, a vehicle was seized after it failed to stop his vehicle for police on the Trunk Road in Redcar, a fixed penalty was issued for a speeding offence and a number of speed checks were also carried out.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “I am delighted to support the 20th Operation Checkpoint and thank all of our officers, staff, volunteers and partners for their tremendous efforts in keeping our rural areas safe.”

Acting Inspector Fay Cole said: “County borders don’t exist to our organised criminals who are intent on targeting our more remote rural communities.  As with previous operations, last night saw a number of vehicles taken off the roads which sends a clear message that if you travel into Cleveland for criminal purposes, we will not tolerate it and we will work with our neighbouring forces to stop you.”

Rural Crime Prevention Officer, Paul Payne, said: “This has been another successful operation, and is yet another example of Cleveland Police in partnership with other northern forces tackling serious issues around rural crime that blight our  communities.

“Although this operation has been made public to promote our work, rest assured that other operations are taking place regularly to keep our rural communities safe, and with continued support we can make a difference. Operation Checkpoint was carried out on National Rural Crime Day of Action, meaning that our rural communities are being listened to and we are here to work with them.”



Posted on Friday 9th November 2018
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