Police operation to tackle criminal network on roads - Newbury
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On Wednesday (29/9) officers from the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit and from the West Berkshire local policing area took part in Operation Titan in Newbury.
Operation Titan is the Roads Policing response to denying criminals the use of the roads. Using specialist resources and tactics, officers work together to identify, disrupt and deter those involved in the commission of crimes within West Berkshire.
Officers also took action against those who were suspected of committing offences linked to the fatal four road safety campaign – speeding, drink/drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone whilst driving.
During the operation, a 27-year-old man from Newbury was arrested on suspicion of driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol and driving whilst disqualified. He remains in custody.
A large quantity of what is believed to be class A drugs with a value estimated to be several thousands of pounds was also recovered following a pursuit with a vehicle through Newbury town centre. The drugs and the vehicle were subsequently recovered after officers discontinued the pursuit on the grounds of public safety. Enquiries continue to locate the driver.
Five drivers were reported for using a vehicle with no insurance with four of the vehicles being seized under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.
In addition, one driver was also reported for no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. This vehicle was also seized under section 165 Road Traffic Act.
One driver was issued a fixed penalty for having no current MOT on their vehicle.
Officers also patrolled areas within Newbury to target anti-social behaviour and areas where residents had raised concerns in relation to drug use, resulting in a number of proactive vehicle stops and interactions.
Inspector Simon Hills of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit said: “This type of joint working with our local colleagues is essential in denying criminals the use of the roads.
“The purpose of this operation was to use intelligence and technology to identify those potentially involved in criminal behaviour, detect and prevent potential offending.
“This type of operation is designed to make the roads in Newbury safe for our law abiding residents and visitors to use without the fear of crime.
“The operation has been a success and my message to those intent on committing crime is quite simple – we will be running more of these operations across Hampshire and Thames Valley, we will target you, and we will seek to free our roads from those who present the most risk to all of us.”
Detective Sergeant Joanne Pape from the West Berkshire Priority Crime Team said: ”We are very pleased to have run this operation, which has been part funded by the Thames Valley Police Violence Reduction Unit, targeting those who disregard the law and cause harm to others.
"Working alongside the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit has allowed us to successfully identify a variety of offences and this should serve as a clear message to those who seek to use the road network for criminality. We will make every effort to bring those who are involved in such criminality to justice.
“We would like to reassure the public who may have seen an increased police presence on Wednesday that this was in relation to this operation, and where any disruption was caused we thank them for their patience, understanding and support.”