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Vehicle crime operation results in four arrests

FOUR people were arrested following an operation to reduce vehicle crime in Thurrock.

Operation Mex, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (May 15/16) involved approximately a dozen officers carrying out plain clothes and uniformed patrols to target offenders suspected to be involved in fuel, number plate and vehicle thefts.

Throughout the two day operation, roadside and mobile checks were carried out on numerous vehicles around the district.

Leading the operation, Insp Tony Adams said: “There were many strands to this operation to reduce vehicle crime, which involved police stopping over 30 vehicles. Members of the public were very supportive of our actions and prepared to spend just a few minutes of their time to allow us to conduct checks on their vehicles. I thank them for their support.

“However, we were surprised to find through our foot patrols a large number of vehicles left unlocked with various items left on display that may tempt thieves. We urge people to step up their security as they may find that their insurance company may not pay out should they need to make a claim.

“To reduce number plate thefts we are offering free tamper proof number plate fixing kits, which are basically screws that cannot be undone. People can pick up these number plate kits from South Ockenden police station whilst stocks last.

“We will be continuing to target vehicle crime to bring offenders to justice.”

Four men were arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal.

• A 25-year-old man from Dagenham was later released without charge

• A 33-year-old man from Dagenham was charged with going equipped for theft to appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on 31/05/2012

• A 27-year-old man from London is on police bail until 19/06/2012

• A 30-year-old man from South Ockendon is on police bail until 19/06/2012

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