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230 drivers stopped between Stortford and Sawbridgeworth in crackdown on crime

More than 230 vehicles were stopped between Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth as part of a joint operation to identify and disrupt criminals using the road network.

The latest Op Acura crackdown was held on the A1184 just south of Spellbrook and involved Hertfordshire police, East Herts Council and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

A number of drivers were issued with Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) for insurance and MoT offences. This can lead to them receiving a fine, penalty points on their driving licence or even a court summons.

Police stopping vehicles on the A1184 between Spellbrook and Sawbridgeworth (9595065)
Police stopping vehicles on the A1184 between Spellbrook and Sawbridgeworth (9595065)

Defect notices were handed to drivers whose vehicles were examined and found to be below the standards required with regards to lights and tyres.

Additionally, representatives of East Herts Council engaged with a handful of drivers who were found to be non-compliant with carriage of waste regulations, while Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs' hidden economy team took a number of referrals away for further investigation.

Sgt Duncan Wallace said: “We regularly run Op Acura at locations across East Herts to proactively gather intelligence about who is travelling through the area and to detect and disrupt criminality.

"In addition, it allows us to remove potentially dangerous vehicles and drivers from our road network, whilst proactively checking the status of waste materials being transported through the district.

"As many local residents will be aware, we have suffered this year with several large-scale fly-tipping incidents across rural East Herts and tackling this issue remains a local priority.

"By conducting operations such as this alongside our partners, we can check that those who are carrying waste are fully licensed and acting lawfully."

The operation was held on Tuesday, April 30.

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