Police join forces across border

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Police Scotland and their neighbouring forces have carried out another major policing operation in the Borders and north of England.

Road Policing Officers joined colleagues from Northumbria Police and Cumbria Constabulary on Monday, June 24, to carry out searches of vehicles utilising the arterial routes between both countries.

Officers joined colleagues from Northumbria and Cumbria on Monday, June 24, to carry out searches of vehicles utilising the arterial routes between both countries.

The activity was part of Operation Overlord – an ongoing initiative to identify and deter criminal activity and on the road network.

Police stopped and around 250 cars, vans and lorries to check for various motoring offences including speeding, drink/drug driving, driving without a seatbelt and driving without a valid licence; MOT or insurance.

Partner agencies from VOSA, HMRC and the DWP also assisted with roadside inspections to ensure those driving for work purposes were not currently claiming unemployment benefits or similar aid.

As a result of the activity, 36 immediate and delayed prohibition orders were issued for 47 various vehicle offences that were detected.In addition, 10 vehicles were seized under the Road Traffic Act after police enquiries revealed they were being driven while uninsured.

Four people were arrested for offences including alleged breaches of warrants.

Road policing inspector, Richard Latto from Police Scotland, said: “I’m grateful for the support and assistance of all our police colleagues and partner agencies during this operation, which highlights our commitment to tackling all forms of crime, wherever it occurs.”