Police seize more than 40 vehicles in a month

Police seize a van in Colburn.

Police in Richmondshire seized more than 40 vehicles in February.

The action is part of a crackdown on cross-border criminals and uninsured vehicles.

In total, more than 300 vehicles have now been seized during the operation.

Inspector Martin Metcalfe, from Richmondshire neighbourhood policing team, said: “Vehicle stops in the area during February have resulted in arrests for various offences, but the main reason for the seizures was for having no insurance.

“There really is no excuse for not insuring a vehicle you are using on a road, in my opinion.”

Police say new handheld technology in use since October 2023 has helped rural local officers identify travelling criminals more quickly.

Insp Metcalfe added: “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.”