Checkpoints set up to catch criminals

CHECKPOINTS were set up around Northumberland to clamp down on travelling criminals.

A total of 43 vehicles were stopped in the police-led operation, which targeted the main routes around Morpeth, Cresswell, Broomhill and Longframlington.

Seven drivers were issued with prohibition notices for vehicle and fuel offences.

Morpeth Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “Working with partners we stopped and checked vans, flatbeds and trucks. They were checked to make sure the fuel they were using was legal and that the vehicles were safe to be on the roads. We also checked any loads that they were carrying and made sure drivers had all the correct documentation.

“We’ve recently seen an increase in the number of fuel thefts in the area and are working with partners and residents to clamp down on this type of offence.

“The operation allowed us to gather lots of useful information on those travelling on rural roads and we plan to follow this up with further initiatives.”

The checks involved Morpeth Neighbourhood Policing Team, HM Revenue and Customs and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.