Clara Vale crackdown on illegal drivers

16 Feb 2016 09:10 AM

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Seven vehicles have been seized and uplifted during the last week as part of an ongoing crackdown on illegal motorists in Clara Vale, Crawcrook, and Ryton.

The activity is all part of Operation Avail which is focused on targeting illegal vehicles and drivers in the Outer West Area of Gateshead.

The Operation was put together following recent concerns raised by local residents and Councillors and the operation was swiftly put in place.

In total 22 people have been prosecuted for various motoring offences including; speeding, failure to display a number plate, dangerous driving, riding a motorcycle without a helmet and failure to wear a seat belt.

A 16-year-old boy from Ryton has been summonsed to Court for failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence.

Local Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Andy Hyde said "This Operation was put together as a result of the information received from local residents and Councillors. With the assistance of our partners from NSL Services Gateshead, The DVLA, Albany Motors, and Les Shaw from Gateshead Council, we were able to act quickly and target offending motorists.

"We are really pleased with the start we've made to Operation Avail, but i want to reassure residents that it is still ongoing and we will continue to crackdown on illegal motorists". 

Local Councillor Helen Hughes commented "We have a close relationship with our Neighbourhood Policing Team and as a result of this I was able to feed in quickly the concerns raised by local residents which were quickly acted upon. Ensuring the safety of all our residents is our number one priority.

"PC Hyde and I hold regular meetings with local residents and our next one is at Clara Vale Community Centre on Monday 7th March 2016 at 18.30 whereby the Northumbria Police & Crime commissioner Vera Baird will also be in attendance."

Officers from operation Dragoon assisted the neighbourhood team with the operation and
Chief Inspector John Heckels said the force always welcomes intelligence from
the local communities.

He said: “Our Motor Patrols officers were happy to support our neighbourhood
officers and help to take a number of nuisance drivers taken off our roads.

“This type of anti-social behaviour not only causes distress for the local
communities but it puts lives at risk and it is important we act before anyone
gets seriously hurt.

“We are always grateful for calls from the member of the public and if there
are repeated incidents of anti-social driving in your community then call 101
and report it to the Op Dragoon team.”


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