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HONITON: Police ‘clamp down’ on road crime

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Police in Honiton say they will continue to ‘clamp down’ on road crime, following a successful operation carried out earlier this month.
Police officers from Honiton’s Neighbourhood Police Team ran the operation at Smeatharpe Airfield on Sunday, March 9th, and carried out a number of stop checks on vehicles for roadworthiness, driving and document offences.
Officers teamed up with experts from the road crime unit and colleagues from the Environment Agency, HM Customs and Excise and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), as part of the multi-agency Operation Mascot.
They spotted a number of road offences over the course of the day, and issued 14 ‘prohibited’ notices on vehicles due to mechanical faults.
Eight motorists were reported for construction and use offences relating to their vehicles, three for ‘red diesel’ and one for driving without an MOT.
One driver was issued with a penalty notice for possession of cannabis.
PC Clive Vickery, from the Honiton Neighbourhood Team organised the operation.
He said: “The aim of these multi-agency operations is to clamp down on unsafe and dangerous vehicles, illegal fuel and travelling criminals. Due to their success, these operations will continue during the year.”

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