100 vehicles stopped in Farm Watch crackdown

Date: Friday 1st December 2017

A FARM Watch operation tackling rural crime took place last night.

The cross-border operation involved Cumbria, Cleveland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumbria and North Yorkshire.

Operation Checkpoint is aimed at gathering intelligence about travelling criminals, disrupting their use of the road network and bringing anyone breaking the law to justice.

In Eden, a driver made off and abandoned their vehicle, which was found to contain drugs, and police inquiries are now ongoing.

In Cumbria, more than 100 vehicles were stopped. Four were seized for having no insurance; one was seized for being used in a crime; 18 fixed penalty notices were given for a range of traffic offences; three drug swipes were carried out; and six breath tests were carried out, all

negative.

Police patrol officers, PCSOs, Special Constabulary officers and Farm Watch volunteers were involved in the operation.

Acting Inspector Gaynor Taylor said: "Operation Checkpoint is a very successful collaboration between police forces in the north west and north east regions.

"Operations such as this are vital in not only disrupting criminals who travel across county borders, but in gaining intelligence by engaging with the rural communities. Yesterday, engagement with the public was really positive — we have crime prevention advice in areas that had been targeted by criminals and gained lots of valuable intelligence from the vehicle stops.

"Targeting rural crime and keeping people safe are priorities for the neighbourhood policing teams in Cumbria, and the successes of this operation are not just down to our officers but also the volunteers who give up their own time to come out on a cold November evening to do their bit for their community.

"If anyone is interested in volunteering for future operations, or would like some information on the many volunteer opportunities with Cumbria police, please get in touch via our website."

Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall, who joined officers on the operation, said: "I was keen to join our officers and volunteers on Operation Checkpoint to see first-hand what can be achieved by working with our neighbouring forces, and I’d like to thank all involved for their great work.

"I wholly endorse the need to work across borders when tackling the issue of travelling criminals,who need to know that they will not escape justice in our county. Operations such as this also offer great opportunities to share knowledge, experience and intelligence, for the benefit of all of the forces involved."