More than 70 vehicles seized during latest crackdown

A car being seized in Richmond.

Police say more than 70 vehicles were seized during November in Richmondshire in a crackdown on cross-border criminals and uninsured drivers.

It comes after more than 90 were seized the previous month in the district.

Inspector Martin Metcalfe, from the neighbourhood policing team, said new handheld technology, rolled out to officers in Richmondshire, was helped rural local officers identify travelling criminals more quickly.

He added: “Vehicle stops in the area during November have resulted in arrests for going equipped to steal, poaching, burglary, drugs and other crime.

“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.

“With the use of this technology, which my team and other Officers can use through a mobile phone, we can identify potential criminals and other illegal road users more quickly and on a wider scale.

“Because we’re mostly a rural area, some criminals think we’re a soft target. That couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Insp Metcalfe said cross-border criminals stood out to officers who were heavily patrol routes they know they use.

“On top of that, we’re using technology that helps us identify them in an instant and is very difficult to evade.

“So my message to anyone thinking of coming to North Yorkshire to commit crime is very simple – the odds are really not in their favour and they’ll be making a huge mistake.

“If you are not aware, seized vehicles are taken to compounds where they are stored for a set amount of time.

“Impounded vehicles may then be crushed and recycled if they are not claimed after this period as was the case with the one shown.

“One of the reasons vehicle seizures are effective is because they disrupt criminality, as offenders who travel into rural areas no longer have the means to move around.

“As well as patrolling larger roads such as the A66, we also patrol smaller rural roads that are known routes for travelling criminals.

“Sometimes suspects we arrest are surprised that we know where they were, or the routes they were using. In reality, we know the area far better than most criminals.

“We have the advantage, which is bad news for travelling criminals but great news for you, the law-abiding public of Richmondshire who we’re here to keep safe.”