Police stop 52 vehicles in crime crackdown at Dunton Bassett
Police stopped 52 vehicles during an operation to tackle burglary and catalytic convertor theft.
They used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to pull drivers over on the A426 at Dunton Bassett yesterday (Monday, September 3).
Police were targeting criminals who travel into or through Lutterworth or Broughton.
ANPR allows number plates to be read by a camera and checked on national databases. The drivers are pulled over into the check sites for further investigation.
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The 52 vehicles pulled over were stopped for the following offences:
• six vehicles were targeted for defects and given 14 days to sort out issues such as defective lights.
• three vehicles were issued with a £60 Fixed Penalty for having No MoT.
• one vehicle was issued with a £30 Fixed Penalty Notice for a minor tachograph offence.
• one vehicle was issued with a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for a tachograph offence.
• one vehicle was seized for using red diesel and the driver fined £500 by HMRC.
• six drivers received verbal warnings for vehicle defects.
• one vehicle received a prohibition notice.
• one person and vehicle was searched under the misuse of drugs act and a quantity of Cannabis was recovered and the driver issued with a street caution.
Pc Andy Smalley said; “This is the sixth operation we’ve done across the Harborough policing area and we have more planned. We know criminals travel into, or through, the area to commit crime so by using modern technology to target their vehicles we can stop and arrest people who are shown as being ‘wanted’ by a number of different agencies.
"We had a really productive day checking motorists for a wide range of reasons. Our operation should send a strong message to anyone thinking about coming into Lutterworth to commit crime to stay away.”