Cross border Operation Overlord is hailed a big success

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A 48-HOUR cross border police operation detected almost 400 offences.

Operation Overlord involved police officers from the Lothian and Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Northumbria, Cumbria and Durham and Cleveland forces.

The two-day activity targeted the key routes between Scotland and England. In addition to the police, it also involved the Vehicle and Operator Service Agency, HM Revenue and Customs, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Motor Insurance Bureau and BT.

Temporary Road Policing Inspector Brian Jones, from Lothian and Borders Police, co-ordinated Operation Overlord and hailed the partnership efforts as a success.

Inspector Jones said: “As well as identifying several hundred offences, Operation Overlord has helped police in Scotland and England gather vital intelligence, which will prove essential for future enforcement initiatives.”

More than 700 goods vehicles of all sizes were inspected during roadside checks as part of the operation, with 32 vehicles seized after the drivers were found to have no insurance or no licence.

Around 200 other road offences were also discovered, including mobile phone and seatbelt offences, driving non-roadworthy vehicles and breaches of tachograph regulations.

Five arrests were made for alleged thefts and road traffic offences.

Stolen plant equipment, including a mini road roller and mini excavator, were recovered during the operation, as well as a stolen quad bike.

Officers recorded five alleged drug offences and reports will be sent to the procurator fiscal in due course.

British Transport Police were also involved in the operation and visited 11 scrap metal dealers.