Thirteen arrested in road traffic clampdown in Thurrock

OFFICERS from the Casualty Reduction Section have made 13 arrests this week during three dedicated traffic operations where 240 drivers were found to be speeding and they dealt with 190 other traffic offences.

On Monday, April 23 Essex Police held an operation surrounding the A13 to help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

An Essex Police spokesperson said: “During the operation, we made six arrests. Four drivers, a 22-year-old man from Mayland, a 31-year-old man from Canvey Island, a 39-year-old man from Southend and a 43-year-old man from South Ockendon were all arrested on suspicion of drug driving. They have all been released under investigation.

A further two arrests were made during the operation. A 29-year-old man from Edgware who was wanted by Hertfordshire Constabulary was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

A 30-year-old man from Grays was arrested on suspicion of theft. He was charged with the offence and appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on April 24 where he was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £216.13 compensation.

Ten drivers had their vehicles seized after they were found to be driving without valid insurance.

On Tuesday, April 24 we held an operation in the south of the county where we made two arrests. Two men, aged 38 from Basildon and 39 from Grays, were both arrested on suspicion of drug driving. Both have been released under investigation.

Tuesday’s operation also saw 35 drivers issued with tickets for a variety of driving offences. Four uninsured vehicles were seized and two stolen vehicles were recovered in the area.

On Wednesday, April 25 our officers held an operation near Stansted Airport, where five people were arrested. An 18-year-old man from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of drug driving and released under investigation. A 51-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. He was later charged with the offence and is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on May 25.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including dwelling burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, assault and criminal damage. He was released under investigation.

A 26-year-old man from Grays was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and released under investigation.

A second man, aged 35 from Dagenham, was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and released under investigation.

“Throughout Wednesday’s operation a total of 109 people were dealt with for driving without wearing a seatbelt and 40 drivers were issued tickers for a variety of traffic offences. Two stolen vehicles were located in the area and recovered”.

Matt Hine, operational tasking supervisor at the Casualty Reduction Section, said: “These operations highlight to us the number of people using our road networks that are not only committing traffic offences but have also committed other crimes in our county. If you choose to drive while committing a crime or after committing a crime, it will only be a matter of time before you’re caught and dealt with accordingly.”

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