Car crime blitz

Pontefract police, VOSA and Customs, aswell as Benefit Fraud officers during an operation to check vehicles in Pontefract.'p7816c207
Pontefract police, VOSA and Customs, aswell as Benefit Fraud officers during an operation to check vehicles in Pontefract.'p7816c207
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COPS launched a crackdown on car crime during a hard-hitting operation in Pontefract last week.

A police off-road motorcycle team – sponsored by Wakefield and District Housing and supported by Wakefield Council – flagged down suspicious vehicles on Park Road last Wednesday.

Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team were joined by specialist teams and staff from agencies, including VOSA, the Benefits Agency, Her Majesty’s Customs, to target vehicles believed to have been stolen or used in crimes.

During the operation, 73 vehicles were checked resulting in:

l Twelve prohibition notices being served by VOSA because vehicles were in a poor condition.

l Two private hire vehicles being taken off the road because of licensing offences and a further seven reported for defects

l Three investigations being conducted as drivers were suspected of benefit fraud.

l Two vehicles seized for having no insurance.

l Tickets issued for speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and not having a current MOT.

Insp Sally Fryer, who leads the police anti-social behaviour unit, said: “This operation shows that all partner agencies come together to target crime and anti-social behaviour to protect our communities. This is the first operation of many and other locations in Wakefield will receive the same attention from us and our partners during the coming months.

“I would appeal for anyone who has any information about travelling criminals or people using their vehicles in an anti-social manner, including the users of off-road bikes to contact their local NPT on 101 or Crimestoppers. which they can do anonymously.”