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Tilbury men arrested over drug offences in major police operation

TWENTY people were arrested and 10 cars seized during a two-day operation to identify and stop drivers of vehicles suspected of being involved in crime.

Operation Keats ran on October 29 and 30, 2015 and saw officers from Essex and Kent Police use automatic number plate recognition technology to detect drivers committing crimes and motoring crimes.

Suspect vehicles were intercepted by marked and unmarked motorbikes and patrol cars and taken to stop-check sites where further investigations could be carried out.

A total of 20 people were arrested. They were:

Four men arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. A 22-year-old man from Tilbury, a 22-year-old man of no fixed address, a 26-year-old man from Tilbury and a 25-year-old man from Tilbury, have been released on bail pending further investigation until December 16, 2015.

A 17-year-old boy from Stanford-le-Hope on suspicion of driving while disqualified. He was charged and bailed to appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on November 25.

Three men and a teenage girl arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs and possession of class B drugs. A 20-year-old man from Grays was given a caution and

Carl Hawthorn, 21, of Hathaway Road, Grays was charged with both offences and bailed to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on December 3, 2015. No further action was taken against a 23-year-old man from Grays and a 17-year-old girl from Basildon.

A number of driving offences were also detected. Four cannabis warnings were issued and 33 vehicles were found to be on the road without a valid MOT.

Twelve drivers were found not to have insurance and were ten vehicles were seized because the driver didn’t have any insurance or had failed to drive in accordance with the terms of their licence.


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