Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting ECS to 80360, or email »
Wanted criminals and motoring offenders targeted in Colchester
2:53pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of vehicles were stopped during a police operation in Colchester.
Eight people were arrested and ten cars seized as officers took to the streets for 14 hours to round up those wanted on warrants and those whose veicles flashed up on automatic number plate recognition cameras.
Supt Adrian Coombs said: "Operation Talon brings together local officers and colleagues from specialist units and uses ANPR technology to detect burglars, other criminals and motoring offenders on the roads of Essex.
"ANPR is an extremely successful system for identifying offenders.
“It was used to great effect during Operation Talon and led to at least five of the arrests.
"The high-visibility policing and targeted patrols around Colchester and Tendring were supported by local officers and CID and resulted in a significant deterrent to any offenders on the move in the north east of the county.
A 23-year-old man from London was stopped on the A133 at Weeley and arrested on suspicion of stealing a car and drug offences.
He remains in custody today.
25-year-old Paul Andrews, from Colchester, was arrested on suspicion of breaching a court order and charged with harassment.
He appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday ***sept 19***.
A 26-year-old man from Colchester was arrested on suspicion of drug offences and also remains in custody.
A 19-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, both from Benfleet, were arrested on the A12 when officers stopped a vehicle towing a suspected stolen caravan.
They were arrested on suspicion of theft but were subsequently released without charge.
OPERATION Talon also included:
• Three people arrested around Colchester for breaching court orders.
• Ten vehicles seized due to the driver not having valid insurance or a licence.
• Three drivers given fixed penalty notices.
• 15 stopped for using mobile phones referred to driver retraining scheme.
• 70 people caught not wearing seatbelts.
• Two people caught for speeding.
• Two people caught without a valid MOT certificate and given fixed penalty notices.
• 20 other people stopped for various motoring offences • 266 vehicles stopped and checked
Comments are closed on this article.