Leeds: Cops in bid to catch crooks on the move

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A POLICE bid to snare criminals on the roads saw more than 180 vehicles stopped and searched in north-west Leeds.

Tuesday’s operation was the latest in an ongoing crackdown – dubbed Operation Alaska – which was launched to target scrap metal thieves, bogus official burglars and ‘cowboy’ traders.

Officers from the North West Outer Neighbourhood Policing Team stopped dozens of vehicles on the A660 Leeds Road in Bramhope.

They were escorted to the grounds of nearby West Park Rugby Club where the vehicles and their occupants were thoroughly checked by police and partner agencies, including Leeds City Council, VOSA, the Department of Work and Pensions, HM Revenue & Customs, and West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

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Three vehicles were seized for having no insurance and six drivers were issued with police notices requiring defects to be fixed.

A further four were issued with prohibition notices by VOSA which require the vehicles to be taken for immediate repair. Two people were also given verbal warnings about vehicle defects.

Three drivers were issued with fixed penalty tickets for offences including not having insurance, not displaying an excise licence and number plate issues.

Four drivers were handed notices requiring them to produce their driving documents at a police station.

Action is being taken against one driver by trading standards for displaying false trades qualifications.

Insp Richard Coldwell, who heads the North West Outer NPT, said: “This ongoing operation sees the police and our partner agencies working closely together to target criminals and conmen who try to prey on the most vulnerable people in our communities. Anyone who comes here to try to steal or con people is not welcome.”

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