Clamping down on illegal drivers


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West Yorkshire’s motorists are being urged to ensure their car insurance is up to date at the county’s police force clamp down in the illegal drivers.

Police and partners suspended the licences of seven taxis and seized a car as part of a Day of Action to tackle crime and boost safety on Leeds Road last week, in the latest of a series of operations taking place in the area through the forces Viper campaign.

Viper officers together with staff from the Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team and partners including VOSA stopped 75 vehicles to check their road worthiness and issue eight prohibition notices.

Valuable intelligence about known offenders was also gained in the operation which was the second of a series of April initiatives to disrupt offenders.

Earlier this month, on 4th and 6th April, Viper officers joined forces with new Special Constables to increase patrolling across the districts streets, in operations to target known street level offenders and disrupt them.

Recruitment events were also held in Dewsbury to attract more Special Constables to join West Yorkshire Police, in particular those from black and ethnic minority groups.

Finally, officers also patrolled at a car boot sale at the Dewsbury Rams grounds on Sunday 6th April to check for counterfeit goods and speak with those attending.

Sergeant Des Sawdon, of the Kirklees Viper Team, explained how the operation had been running in full force over recent weeks and how partnerships in local communities have helped boost police presence and disrupt street level crime.

REPOSSESSED: One car was seized and seven taxis’ licenses were suspended as Operation Viper stepped up its commitment to take dangerous drivers off the road

REPOSSESSED: One car was seized and seven taxis’ licenses were suspended as Operation Viper stepped up its commitment to take dangerous drivers off the road

“Disruption events such as the enhanced patrols and the road side checks can be very effective at deterring and disrupting the type of low level criminals who can make life a misery through offences such as theft and pick pocketing,” he explained.

“The reaction we had from residents to the enhanced patrols and engagement events was very positive, with those we spoke to saying they valued the extra presence of uniformed officers.

“More operations are planned and I would encourage anyone who has information about criminals operating in their communities to contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,” he added.

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