Eleven arrests and 32 vehicles seized in Hertfordshire during police crackdown
4:20pm Thursday 20th May 2010
ELEVEN people were arrested and 32 vehicles seized during a large-scale police crackdown on criminals using the county's major roads.
The Automatic Number Plate recognition, code-named Operation Utah, targeted criminals and unsafe drivers using the A1M, the M1 and M25 motorways yesterday.
More than 100 officers from six forces, including Hertfordshire, made arrests for a range of offences, including disqualified driving, theft of metal, attempted burglary, drug possession and illegal entry into the UK.
ANPR targets the illegal use of vehicles by checking registration numbers against a police database, which can read one every second.
Police also seized 32 unsafe or illegal vehicles and £2,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Two vehicles were banned for being un-roadworthy, one vehicle was seized by customs and excise for importing contraband and High Court bailiffs seized two vehicles and recovered £900 in unpaid fines.
Hertfordshire ANPR Manager Inspector Andy Piper said: "This operation is an excellent example of how working together with our surrounding forces and partners can prove incredibly effective in tackling travelling criminals and unsafe drivers.
"Whilst ANPR technology is a tool we use on a daily basis in Hertfordshire under Operation Sentinel, an operation on such a large scale as this demonstrates our commitment to our law-abiding communities to keep the region and its roads safe, and gives a sharp reminder to any criminals tempted to come into the county that they are likely to be caught."