Motorists nabbed in crack-down

PUBLISHED: 11:34 04 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 26 October 2009

MORE than 80 motorists were arrested for a range of offences, including fraud, possessing a weapon and supplying drugs. Police used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology in the two-month operation across Hertsmere. Officers targeted the bor

MORE than 80 motorists were arrested for a range of offences, including fraud, possessing a weapon and supplying drugs.

Police used Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology in the two-month operation across Hertsmere.

Officers targeted the borough's main arterial roads throughout February and March, including the M25 and A1.

A total of 46 people were arrested after their vehicles were flagged up by ANPR, a system that checks number plates against databases such as the police national computer and the DVLA.

They were (number of people arrested in brackets):

* Offenders wanted for variety of crimes across different forces (9)

* Driving offences, such as no insurance or no driving licence (6).

* Theft of motor vehicle (7)

* Drink/drug driving (10)

* Disqualified driving (6)

* Possession or supply drugs (2)

* Fraud (4)

* Possession of an offensive weapon (1)

* Aiding and abetting driving without insurance (1)

ANPR also helped in the arrest of a further 36 people for a variety of offences, ranging from shoplifting and burglary to outstanding court warrants.

The operation was led by the central area roads policing tactical team.

Sgt Kio Bozorgi said: "This was a targeted operation which has produced some very pleasing results.

"ANPR technology has helped us trace those criminals who may have gone unidentified in our county and who were potentially ready to commit other offences."

"ANPR is a key crime reduction and investigative tool for the police, targeting criminals who use vehicles and denying them the ability to move freely around the county to commit crimes.

Sgt Bozorgi added: "It is important to emphasise that ANPR targets criminals, not law abiding motorists and the constabulary will continue to strive to make maximum use of this technology to reduce crime and bring more offenders to justice.


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