Two arrested in police operation at Lakeside

TWO people were arrested during an operation to detect and disrupt criminals using roads of Essex last week.

Road policing officers used intelligence, stop checks and mobile patrols in and around Grays to identify drivers suspected of committing offences or being involved in crime on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

During the operation a 66-year-old man from Maldon was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after officers received reports of a car being driven erratically on the A13.

Graham Haley of Festival Gardens was arrested and later charged with the offence. He has been released on bail to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on the morning of May 10, 2016.

A 25-year-old man was also arrested in Parkhurst Road, Pitsea after checks revealed him to be travelling in a suspected stolen vehicle. Searches inside the vehicle also uncovered suspected cannabis and a knife.

The man, who is of no fixed address in the Basildon area, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, possession with intent to supply drugs other than class A, possession of class B or C drugs, dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon and failing to stop. He has been released on bail pending further investigation until July 2, 2016.

Finally, a vehicle was also seized after the driver was stopped at Lakeside Retail Park in Thurrock and found not to have appropriate insurance.

During the operation, officers also came to the aid of passengers in a broken down vehicle on the A1245 Chelmsford Road in Rawreth, searched for a vehicle believed to have been stolen from an address in Basildon and assisted the Metropolitan Police Service in the pursuit of a vehicle believed to have been involved in theft.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police, said: "Criminals use the roads of Essex to conduct their illegal activity. Operations such as these see road policing officers pro-actively target those criminals and deny them the use of the roads.”

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