Drivers stopped in police crackdown

Police checking vehicles on Ovenden Road, for illegal scrap metal.
Police checking vehicles on Ovenden Road, for illegal scrap metal.

A CRACKDOWN on scrap metal dealers and illegal drivers saw police stopping scores on vehicles travelling through Halifax.

Officers from Halifax North and East neighbourhood policing team joined up with other agencies including VOSA, HM Revenue and Customs and HM Courts Service, to carry out checks on drivers in Ovenden on Tuesday.

They were responding to concerns from residents about motoring offences and scrap metal dealers in the area.

The team stopped 35 vehicles in total. Eight drivers were given fines for using their mobile phones while driving or not wearing their seatbelts.

Four vehicles were found to have defects and one scrap collection vehicle was found to be over-laden. The driver was fined and ordered to remove some of the load.

A local 33 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle. A 32 year old man was arrested in connection with a shop theft.

One driver stopped was found to owe £150 in court fines and was ordered to pay up. They also delivered 200 newsletters to homes in the area.

Acting Sergeant Jarrod McSharry, who led the operation, said: “It goes to show what we can achieve by working together.”

Contact the neighbourhood policing team on 0845 6060606.