Police on patrol with partners to put the brakes on dangerous road users

Fifty vehicles were pulled over in Ponteland in a day-long police operation.

Officers from the East Tynedale Neighbourhood Policing Team worked with motor patrols, Northumberland County Council, Customs and Excise and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) to check scrap metal vehicles, taxis and goods vehicles.

The operation was designed to ensure the vehicles were safe and fit to use and drivers had the appropriate documents.

Officials also were on the look-out for dangerous drivers or anyone committing road traffic offences.

One driver was arrested after it was discovered he was wanted on warrant for failing to appear at court, another was found to be using illegal fuel, a third was given a prohibition notice for safety issues, and several others were given advice over minor infringements.

East Tynedale Neighbourhood Inspector Phil Bond said: “This was a highly visible, high profile, roadside operation aimed at identifying dangerous drivers, dangerous vehicles and improving general road safety.

“It’s important that local residents see us in the community taking action.”