A DOZEN vehicles were found to have “significant faults” during police examinations near the A1(M) in County Durham.

Officers stopped and fully examined 13 vehicles light goods vehicles in and around Junction 61 at Bowburn on Wednesday.

Bowburn was chosen as the target area due to several high profile, and significant incidents in the nearby area in the past few months.  

Of the 13 vehicles stopped, 12 were found to have significant faults “requiring immediate prohibition from use”, Durham Roads Policing Unit said.

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Six of the vehicles has faults that could be repaired at the roadside, while the other vehicles were seized as a result of those prohibitions or other matters.

One of the seized vehicles had not been taxed since July 2019.

It came as part of Durham Constabulary’s joint operation with Northumbria Police under its Operation Dragoon guise.

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