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No criminals on our roads! Police crack down on driving offences in town

Vehicle testing by police at Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead, on Wednesday. PC Simon Tibbett testing for ilegal red diesel- as used in heating oil and in farm vehicles

Vehicle testing by police at Leverstock Green, Hemel Hempstead, on Wednesday. PC Simon Tibbett testing for ilegal red diesel- as used in heating oil and in farm vehicles

 

A large scale operation to target and deter criminals from travelling into Hemel Hempstead was staged by police this week.

The Hemel Hempstead Intervention team led the operation on Wednesday, in partnership with Environmental Health Officers from Dacorum Borough Council, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and Trading Standards.

Officers manned St Albans Road at the entrance to the town from the motorway, and pulled over vehicles which were flagged up on the automatic number plate reader sytem.

More than 60 vehicles were stopped and checked for roadworthiness, illegal diesel and other offences, while county Trading Standards officers also checked traders were operating legitimately.

In total, three vehicles were found to be in a dangerous condition and were prohibited from being driven until the defects were repaired, and a further three drivers were given £60 fixed penalty notices for various offences including driving without tax or without wearing a seatbelt, and defective tyres.

One vehicle was searched for drugs while several vehicles were issued with advisory notices for various defects.

Additionally, 15 traders were given business advice to make them compliant with consumer legislation.

Sgt David Stansbury, who led the operation, said: “This was an operation held in partnership with partner agencies to disrupt potential offenders planning to commit crime in Hemel Hempstead.

“We know criminals tend to travel through area so we were positioned in one of the busiest areas in Hemel Hempstead to ensure maximum results.

“I hope the public area reassured by this operation. We will continue to carry out this activity with our partners to keep people safe.”

 

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