Dodgy drivers hit in crackdown operation

Dodgy drivers hit in crackdown operation

POLICE and HM Revenues and Customs officers made arrests, seized a vehicle, found drugs and issued numerous fines during a co-ordinated operation on Bradford Road in Batley on Wednesday.

Some 100 vehicles were stopped during Operation Tropicbourne, which a police spokesman said was prompted by concerns raised by members of the public – and promised more would follow throughout Batley and Spen.

The operation was carried out by Batley and Spen Neighbourhood Policing Team, Roads Policing and partner agencies HMRC and Taxi Licensing.

From the 100 vehicles that were checked, one was seized as the fuel tank was found to contain red diesel, resulting in an on-the-spot fine from HMRC.

Three vehicles were seized due to the drivers having no insurance, one taxi driver had his licence revoked due to the condition of his vehicle, a driver was found to be disqualified from driving and a vehicle and two passengers were searched and drugs were recovered.

Numerous tickets were also issued for minor traffic offences.

A police spokesman said: “We enforce the law where necessary and educate road users in relation to road safety.”

PC Chris Birkenshaw, who headed the operation, thanked the owners of the Frontier and Zucchinis restaurant for the use of their car parking facilities, enabling officers to take vehicles to a safe environment where checks could be made.

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