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29 April 2016, 06:09
The joint Suffolk & Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit joined officers from the East and South Scorpion pro-active teams and the dog unit for a day of activity in the town on Wednesday 27 April.
The operation was designed to disrupt criminals using the road and was also linked to ongoing work to deal with those supplying drugs into Lowestoft. Information and intelligence was used to target key areas and Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology was also used to identify drivers committing motoring offences.
Four men were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs;
One disqualified driver was interviewed and reported for this offence.
Seven vehicles were seized with seven drivers being dealt with for having no insurance and nine people for having no MoT.
Police also completed traffic offence reports for 22 people found to be driving while not wearing a seatbelt, 18 people who were seen using a mobile phone while driving and two who were speeding, and dealt with 12 other offences relating to the condition of vehicles and breach of traffic regulations.
One vehicle was prohibited from the road due to its condition and a vehicle defect rectification notice was issued on another.
Twelve people and nine vehicles were searched for drugs during the operation.
Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of the roads policing team, said; “Among the aims of the day were to remove unsafe vehicles from the road, to raise awareness of road safety issues and to target those committing offences such as drink and drug driving, driving without insurance, driving while using mobile phones and speeding, and we dealt with a number of motorists throughout the course of the day.
“This shows there are still a number of road users who are prepared to put themselves and other innocent members of the public at risk through drug driving and other offences such as using a mobile while behind the wheel. We will continue to carry out days like this to deal with those committing offences.”
Detective Sergeant Karl Storey, from the East Scorpion team said; “We have been carrying out work to target those supplying and dealing illegal drugs in the town, with the aim of disrupting criminal activity and detecting offences. Yesterday again showed that these days can provide positive results and we are working with colleagues to reduce crime and make our roads safer.”