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VIDEO: Essex Police crack down on criminals in day-long blitz
ESSEX Police arrested 11 people during a day-long blitz against criminals in Essex.
Operation Talon started at 8am on Thursday, July 25 and ended at 3am on Friday.
More than 100 officers and staff worked at 12 sites across the county to target suspects. They used Automatic Number Plate Recognition equipment, along with road checks and directed patrols to track down and catch criminals.
Chief Superintendent Andy Prophet said: "Operation Talon will become an important part of Essex Police’s plan to take the fight to burglars, other criminals and their associates using the roads of Essex.
“This is about Essex Police being on the front foot, making the best use of technology, and working as hard as we can to protect people and their property from criminals in our county.”’
1,038 vehicles were checked by officers with 28 drivers having their vehicles seized at the roadside for insurance or licence offences and 361 drivers were spoken to about other driving matters.
One knife was recovered at the roadside, believed to have been thrown away before the occupants were stop-checked.
A further six arrests were made by police officers but not directly connected to this operation.
Officers and staff involved in Operation Talon included members of the operational policing command, local policing areas, serious crime directorate, criminal investigation department, special constabulary and police community support officers.
A two-page news special, with more details about the operation and criminals that have appeared in court today, will be in Monday's Echo.
Watch a video on Operation Talon, filmed at the site in Basildon with interviews with Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh and Chief Supt Andy Prophet, here:
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