Operation Checkpoint chalks up another success

08 Dec 2016 09:44 AM

Police officers and Forestry Commission staff taking part in the operation [View Full Size]

Scores of police officers and volunteers took part in a major crackdown on rural criminals last night.

This latest operation was the twelfth time Checkpoint has been run and chalked up another successful outing with more than 20 vehicles stopped and checked by officers.

Operation Checkpoint, the largest rural policing operation of its kind in the country, saw Northumbria join with five other forces to target cross-border criminals.

Northumbria's officers were joined by Special Constables, Council Licensing, Forestry Commission, crime prevention officers and local gamekeepers across the north of England.

Running overnight from Wednesday 7, into Thursday 8 December, the six forces co-ordinated intelligence-led deployments, static vehicle checkpoints and proactive visits to vulnerable premises.

Officers in Northumbria stopped 27 vehicles, made reassurance visits to farms, checked rural car parks, and responded to a report of poachers at Heddon-on-The Wall, which officers attended, but no offences were discovered.

Across Northumbria officers were deployed to rural parts of the county, including the main roads, farming areas and surrounding villages. The force’s Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Hub, based in the Force Control Room, monitored and assessed real-time information relating to suspicious vehicles.

Intelligence shows that organised crime groups from across the north of England are involved in thefts, burglaries, and handling stolen property, targeting rural areas in particular. These criminals use their extensive knowledge of the road networks across the region in an attempt to avoid detection.

Checkpoint targets vehicles suspected of being linked to criminality by deploying officers and volunteers with expert knowledge of their local area, crime patterns, intelligence and road network, and using ANPR technology.

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