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Crackdown on travelling criminal hailed a success
A MAJOR operation designed to catch travelling criminals in North Yorkshire has claimed another success.
A suspected thief from Teesside was arrested near Boroughbridge by officers accompanied by North Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Constable, Tim Madgwick.
Operation Hawk was designed to tackle rural and cross-border crime in North Yorkshire following figures that showed that last year about 30 percent of those arrested for criminal offences were from outside of the county.
The team intercepted a white Ford Transit van on the northbound carriageway of the A1(M) at 4.25pm last Thursday.
The van had initially triggered automatic number plate recognition cameras in West Yorkshire, with the shared intelligence allowing North Yorkshire police to track the vehicle and lay a trap as it entered the county.
Four police vehicles surrounded the van to bring it to a safe halt on the hard shoulder, with DCC Madgwick assisting the team by driving the van to a safer location for recovery as part of enquiries.
The van driver, a 50-year-old man from Middlesbrough, was wanted by police in Cumbria in connection with the theft of a road roller from Kirby Stephen in June.
DCC Madgwick said: “It was a privilege to work alongside the Operation Hawk team and see first-hand how effective they are in disrupting criminal activity in North Yorkshire and beyond.
“This particular case is also a great example of how valuable ANPR technology is to the police service in tracking vehicles that have links to crime.”
He added: “This is outstanding police work which I hope provides reassurance to our communities, knowing that their police officers are working around the clock to keep them safe and secure.”
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