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Rural crime clampdown underway

Rural crime clampdown underway

Published by May Norman at 8:52am 11th February 2019.

North Yorkshire Police join other forces for Operation Checkpoint for rural crime clampdown

  • North Yorkshire Police were one of 6 forces tackling rural crime.
  • Hundreds of vehicles were stopped and checked.
  • Five people were arrested for burglary, theft and drug driving.
  • Two vehicles were also seized.

A major operation targeting rural crime, involving six police forces across the north of England, resulted in hundreds of vehicles being stopped and checked and a number of arrests.

More than 110 police officers, PCSOs and Special Constables from the North Yorkshire, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire and Northumbria forces worked alongside almost 100 volunteers for ‘Operation Checkpoint’ yesterday night (Thursday 7 February 2019).

Across the region, hundreds of vehicles were stopped for proactive checks.

In North Yorkshire, 60 vehicles were stopped and several searched, resulting in five arrests for burglary, theft and drug driving, along with two other vehicles seized.

North Yorkshire Police
Stock image: Police officer stopping driver

Operation Checkpoint first ran in January 2014, and remains the largest operation of its kind in the country. The forces involved share intelligence and information and patrol across force boundaries to target criminals, disrupting their use of the road network in rural areas and bringing anyone found breaking the law to justice.

Police tactics included the widespread use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to locate vehicles suspected of being connected to crime, as well as targeting vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances.

In North Yorkshire, the operation involved officers, PCSOs and Special Constables from the force’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Rural Taskforce, alongside Mobile Rural Watch volunteers.

Inspector Jon Grainge, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said:

“As always, Operation Checkpoint sends a clear message to criminals using the road networks to target our rural communities that their illegal activity won’t be tolerated.

“We have excellent working relationships with neighbouring forces, and operations like Checkpoint help us share resources and information to clamp down on criminals, wherever they are from and wherever they are going.

“The support of our volunteers, such as members of Mobile Rural Watch schemes, is also an invaluable part of the operation. With their local knowledge, we were able deploy effectively across hundreds of square miles, directing officers to key points of interest and suspicious activity. Once again, we’re extremely grateful for their efforts.

“Local people can be reassured that we our proactive work will continue to make life extremely difficult for criminals, and protect our rural communities.”