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Smuggled wine haul after police operation at Lakeside

ELEVEN drivers had their vehicles seized for insurance and licence offences during police road safety operations in Thurrock on Tuesday, March 6.

Officers from the Essex Police Commercial Vehicle Unit carried out checks on heavy goods vehicles and vans intercepted on the M25 and A13 while road policing colleagues stopped and checked vehicles using the A126 near Lakeside.

During stops on the A126 a total of eight vehicles were seized, five for being uninsured and three because drivers did not have valid licences.

Thirty-six drivers were given fixed penalty notices for not wearing seatbelts, nine were fined for using mobile phones while driving and five people had expired MOTs. Seven other motoring offences resulted in fines and numerous drivers were given warnings for a range of minor offences.

A lorry intercepted by police and taken to the Moto Services site for further investigation was later seized by HM Revenue and Customs officers after it was found to be carrying about £100,000 of smuggled wine.

A further 28 vehicles were taken to the Moto Services stop check site for investigation. Two were seized for no insurance and one was seized for a driving licence offence. Six driver hours offences were detected.

Two vehicles were prohibited from the roads until repairs were carried out and one vehicle was found to be in a dangerous condition. Three drivers were given penalty notices for using mobile phones while driving and three for having no MOT.


  1. Well done Essex Police!
    They need to do this more often to stop these arrogant drivers from being on our roads.


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