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100 vehicles stopped in crime crackdown in Bradford
More than 100 vehicles were stopped by police in Bradford yesterday as part of an operation to target criminals who use the district’s road networks.
Chief Inspector Paul Hepworth, who led the operation, hailed the day as a complete success, saying: “It was a really good day in Bradford. I was expecting us to do well, and we did.”
Officers stopped a total of 119 vehicles for various offences - and they even managed to arrest two people for theft from a vehicle on Harewood Street.
Of the vehicles stopped, 85 were transferred to police partner agencies such as VOSA for having things wrong with them. The issues included problems such as not being compliant with private hire rules and using red diesel.
A further 20 vehicles were collared for traffic offences such as dangerous parking and having tinted windows that were too dark.
Fourteen vehicles were seized for being unlicensed or uninsured.
Chf Insp Hepworth said: “It is all about tackling criminals, not about innocent members of the public. It is criminals using vehicles in Bradford that we are targeting.
“This operation is an everyday occurence – it was not a one-off. We are highlighting it so that the public is aware of what we are doing every day.”
Police work with colleagues from The Motor Insurance Bureau, Environment Agency, VOSA, Benefit Fraud, HM Revenue and Customs and private hire enforcement, as well as using technology such as the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR), to catch criminals in the act.
Chf Insp Hepworth said: “While criminals continue to use West Yorkshire's road networks we continue to run operations like this.
“The advantage of intelligence-led deployment means that the police are able to accurately target active criminals and pursue them for traffic offences to disrupt their criminality. This approach ensures that ordinary motorists are not being swept up into stop checks in a blanket approach and criminals are then deprived of the roads.”