Police crackdown on rogue traders in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:29 15 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:02 15 April 2016

Police crackdown on rogue traders in Hatfield

Police crackdown on rogue traders in Hatfield


A police crackdown on rogue traders took place in Hatfield this week.

Operation Rogue Trader 2016, which began on Monday and ended today, was a county-wide crime prevention initiative aimed at targeting offenders and raising public awareness of doorstep crime.

A day of action took place at the public weighbridge in Hatfield on Monday, where four arrests were made – three on suspicion of burglary and theft and one for breach of electronic tagging.

Stolen plant equipment worth roughly £20,000 was also recovered, as well as one vehicle that was used in a crime. Around 50 vehicles were stopped throughout the day.

Detective Constable Duncan Montague, who led the operation in Hertfordshire, said: “Operation Rogue Trader has once again proved a great success and I hope it has sent out a clear message to anyone involved in this type of crime that we will do all in our power to protect some of the most vulnerable in our communities from harm.”

Representatives from the constabulary’s Operation Manhunt team, Road Policing Unit and Safer Neighbourhood Team were involved in the crackdown, as well as the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, Trading Standards, HMRC, Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

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