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Ten vehicles seized in police operation in Thurrock

TEN vehicles were seized a man arrested during a major road policing operation in Thurrock on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

Officers from across East Anglia worked together to identify offenders travelling into Essex on the M25 and A13 using automatic number plate recognition technology.

Road policing officers from Norfolk and Suffolk joined colleagues from Essex Police on motorbikes and in covert cars to identify vehicles of interest and take them to the Moto Services in West Thurrock for further checks.

A 29-year-old man from Southend was arrested on suspicion of harassment at 11.20am. Lloyd Slade was later charged and released on bail to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on January 6, 2016.

A male driver found to be driving while disqualified was dealt with and a total of 97 vehicles were stopped and checked during the operation.

Ten vehicles were seized because their drivers were uninsured and a further nine also found to be uninsured were given the opportunity to arrange insurance at the roadside.

Two drivers were found to be driving otherwise than in accordance with the terms of their licence, three were found to be using a mobile phone while driving and five were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt.

A total of 23 vehicles were found not to have valid MOTs and two were found to have illegal tints on the windows which had to be removed before the drivers were allowed to continue their journeys.

Vehicle examiners from VOSA, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency were involved in checking poorly maintained vehicles and officers from HM Revenue and Customs checked vehicles for illegal fuels. One vehicle was found to be illegally running on red diesel and another was stopped for carrying an insecure load.

Earlier in the week road policing officers from Essex Police travelled across the border to support colleagues from Suffolk Constabulary with a similar operation.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, said: "Operation Alliance has been set up in partnership with colleagues from across the Eastern Region as another way of pro-actively trying to reduce casualties on our roads by targeting the motoring offences which are most likely to cause collisions.”

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