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National crackdown on criminals using road network sees 43 vehicles seized in Derbyshire

Posted on 1st July 2015

A national campaign aimed at stopping foreign national offenders using roads across the country for crime saw 36 people arrested and 43 vehicles seized.

Derbyshire Constabulary’s roads policing officers took part in the fourth Operation Trivium, which is led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

The operation, which ran from June 22 to 27, focused on foreign national offenders who use the road network to commit organised crimes such as fraud, shoplifting, burglary and theft from vehicles.

The intelligence-led work resulted in 227 vehicles of interest being stopped, 61 of which were being driven by foreign nationals.

Police arrested 36 people, 35 of which were foreign national offenders who were wanted for offences in their home countries or the UK.

Forty-three vehicles were also seized, while police issued PG9 notices for 17 vehicles with defects so serious that they could not legally continue on the roads.

The first Operation Trivium was held in July 2013 and its success resulted in the follow-up in March 2014.

In Operation Trivium 2 nationally, 2,689 vehicles were stopped, 367 were seized, 197 were arrested and 1,624 enforcement activities were recorded overall.

Trivium 3 took place in October last year. In Derbyshire, a total of 124 vehicles were stopped and their occupants checked, with 13 FNOs being arrested. Twenty-six vehicles were seized during the week of action.

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