Police put the brakes on drivers

POLICE have been cracking down on motorists driving illegally in and around Ponteland.

The area was one of a number of places targeted in a roadside operation by the Northumbria Force, which also saw action in Stocksfield, Newlands and Dilston, as well as on the main A68 and A696 roads.

A total of 123 vehicles were stopped and checked during the four-day initiative, which was carried out by the East Tynedale Neighbourhood Policing Team, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, Customs and Excise and the DVLA to target dangerous and speeding drivers, those using illegal fuel and travelling criminals.

Two drivers were fined and had their vehicles seized for using red diesel.

Ten drivers received summonses or were spoken to about a range of issues, such as the condition of their vehicle, driving inappropriately and not having the correct waste carrier’s licence paperwork.

East Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Stephenson said: “This operation was a success on a number of levels and the feedback we have had from the local communities has been excellent.

“Having a highly visible presence on Tynedale’s roads lets people know that the police are around and it reassures them that action is being taken about the issues that matter to them.

“It allowed us to gather lots of intelligence on those using the road networks in and out of Tynedale, helping us to build a picture of who is travelling into the area and when. We will continue to run operations like this and we will continue to work with our partners to target criminals on the road and ensure the safety of our residents.”