Checkpoints to stop criminals using roads

Police vehicle checks
Police vehicle checks

SCORES of vehicles were stopped by police clamping down on criminals using Calderdale’s roads.

Neighbourhood policing teams and roads policing officers joined forces with other agencies including British Transport Police, VOSA and HM Revenue and Customs to check vehicles travelling in and out of the district using Wyke crossroads and Bradford Road in Brighouse.

Of the 54 stopped, three were found using illegal fuel, two were not displaying a current tax disc and one driver did not have a licence or insurance.

Sergeant Dean Maddocks, from the Lower Valley neighbourhood policing team, said: “The operation was based on intelligence we had received about criminals using our local roads to commit crime.

“We had received a number of reports of theft of metal and suspicious vehicles operating in the area. We have also had incidents where suspects have used unsuspecting taxis in a bid to avoid detection. I am delighted that so many partner agencies were able to support us. These operations send out a positive message to both the criminals and the community.”