Modern technology used to stop more than 60 vehicles in Sussex


Modern technology was the focus of a multi-agency operation to crackdown on road-related crime in Sussex.

More than 60 vehicles were identified through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras as part of Operation Street, which ran from Monday 11 June to Friday 15 June.

These cameras flag up traffic offences such as driving with no insurance, as well as intelligence for criminality such as drug-dealing or a wanted person.

The operation was run by Sussex Police in conjunction with the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and the DVLA, and supported by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, with three main objectives:

  • To target vehicles being driven illegally (no tax, insurance, etc);
  • To target and deny criminals the use of the roads (for transporting weapons, drugs, etc);
  • To prevent crimes from being committed in the first place.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “It is encouraging to see that a number of lawless drivers have already been penalised for offences including driving with no insurance or tax, as well as potentially dangerous vehicles being seized for using Sussex roads to further their criminality.

“It is particularly reassuring that Sussex Police have used ANPR technology to proactively stop criminals on our roads, recovering a stolen vehicle and seizing a vehicle known to be associated with organised crime in Crawley.

“This operation has clearly been successful and it should give Sussex residents confidence as well as an insight into how our police keep us all safe on the roads.

“These initiatives serve as a warning to those flouting the law and potentially putting lives at risk that they will be caught.

“Visible, proactive policing really matters, especially on our roads, and I will be working hard with Sussex Police to ensure that these positive results continue.”

Approximately 62 vehicles were pulled over in Sussex for a variety of offences. This resulted in 17 seizures – one of which was associated with organised crime in Crawley – 24 traffic offence reports being issued and a number of verbal warnings for minor traffic offences. A further vehicle, which had been reported stolen, was recovered and returned to its owner.

The operation was also run in Surrey, with approximately 82 further vehicles being stopped in that county.

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