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Red diesel and cannabis found during police action

PUBLISHED: 15:32 25 February 2012

MORE than 60 vehicles were stopped and checked in a police operation to stop criminals who travel across the county lines between Norfolk and Suffolk.

Five vehicles were seized for driving licence, insurance and red diesel offences, 15 fixed penalty notices were handed out offences including no insurance and no MOT, and one warning was given after a small amount of cannabis was found during Operation Identify on Thursday, February 23.

Officers from Norfolk and Suffolk worked together, using Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to stop motorists suspected of crime, mainly burglary, handling stolen property and other offences of interest to police.

Police teams were deployed at strategic locations on the Suffolk/Norfolk border between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth.

ANPR technology was used to stop suspicious vehicles, and police officers and representatives from HMRC’s fuel testing unit carried out checks on the vehicles and their occupants.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Quantrell said: “This operation was a great example of collaborative working between two forces and all involved put in a lot of hard work and it was pleasing that everyone was able to see positive results.

“We hope that this operation has further demonstrated our commitment to using the latest technology and working jointly to tackle crime on Norfolk and Suffolk’s roads.”

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