Another 52 uninsured vehicles seized in Richmondshire

Police have seized 52 vehicles in Richmondshire during January.

The number brings the total taken off the streets to 260 since a crackdown on uninsured drivers and cross-border criminals began last year.

Inspector Martin Metcalfe, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said: “In total since I started reporting back to you as residents, we have seized at least 260, yes 260 motor vehicles from the streets of Richmondshire, which makes me very happy and I am sure you are too.

“New handheld technology, rolled out to neighbourhood policing teams and response teams in Richmondshire, has helped our rural local officers identify travelling criminals more quickly.

“Vehicle stops in the area during January have resulted in arrests for various offences with the main one being a two travelling criminals about to start a crime spree in the early hours across the more rural parts of our area.

“They were arrested on suspicion of burglary after an off duty police officer reported them and they were arrested soon after committing their first offence near West Witton and their vehicle was seized.”

Insp Metcalfe added: “The new technology also identifies uninsured drivers. If you’ve ever been hit by an uninsured driver, you’ll know why that’s important.

“Up here in Richmondshire, we patrol some of the most remote and sparsely-populated communities in northern England.

“So seizing vehicles linked to crime is a very effective way of stopping criminals who travel here, before they’ve even had chance to commit an offence.”

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