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Police crack down on rural crime across Uttlesford and Braintree in day of action





Police carried out patrols and hundreds of speed checks during a day of action aimed at keeping rural roads across Uttlesford safe.

Essex Police’s Rural Engagement Team joined forces with both Uttlesford and Braintree Community Policing Teams to keep a watchful eye over the two districts, focusing on rural crime and traffic enforcement.

The day of action on December 20 utilised data showing areas and roads particularly vulnerable to serious or fatal collisions.

Essex Police's rural engagement team
Essex Police's rural engagement team

Officers engaged with members of the public and carried out a range of checks, including nine ‘100 checks’ – monitoring the speed of 100 vehicles across a single session.

They also:

Submitted six pieces of intelligence for further monitoring.
Stopped 27 vehicles.
Issued nine Traffic Offence Reports for further investigation.
Recovered two broken-down vehicles.
Recovered one vehicle for having no insurance.
Attended four ongoing incidents.
Conducted one site visit.

Officers carried out visible patrols across Uttlesford traffic hotspots. Here they are outside Thaxted's Guildhall.
Officers carried out visible patrols across Uttlesford traffic hotspots. Here they are outside Thaxted's Guildhall.

Inspector Philip Jackson, of Braintree and Uttlesford Community Policing Team, said:

“Rural crime continues to be a focus for our local community policing team as well as our colleagues in the rural engagement team.

“We will continue to conduct joint patrols in the future to prevent and detect crimes, but also to be a visible presence for the residents of our more rural areas of Uttlesford district and beyond.

“During our operation officers dealt with a number of traffic matters including speed checks, road traffic collisions and provided a high-visibility presence to disrupt cross-border criminality in the area.

Officers carried out visible patrols across Uttlesford traffic hotspots, including outside Thaxted's Guildhall.
Officers carried out visible patrols across Uttlesford traffic hotspots, including outside Thaxted's Guildhall.

“We will continue such operations in the future and work with our partners to reduce crime within Braintree and Uttlesford.”



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