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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Cumbria police join up with forces in North England and Scotland to target travelling criminals

TODAY saw the launch of Operation Checkpoint, a multi-force operation targeting travelling criminals operating across counties in the North of England and Scotland, including Cumbria.

Approximately 90 officers from Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Northumbria and Scotland were involved in the operation. Officers from local policing teams were joined by colleagues from roads policing teams, the Special Constabulary, dog handlers and PCSOs.

It was an intelligence-led operation, aiming to:

  • Gather intelligence on travelling criminals
  • Prevent and disrupt criminal activity
  • Provide high visibility presence to reassure local communities

Police targeted known criminals and their vehicles, along with other vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances, stopping and searching them to prevent criminal activity and gather intelligence.

Inspector Richard Quinn for Cumbria Constabulary said: “It is vitally important that we work together across county and country boundaries to target criminals. Criminals travel up and down our roads to commit crime – mostly thefts from rural communities. If criminals don’t recognise boundaries then neither should we.

“Often these criminals will use back roads and commit rural acquisitive crime, including burglary, vehicle theft, farm thefts and scrap metal theft. They are opportunistic and think that by travelling to another county where they are less known that they are less likely to be caught.

“Operation Checkpoint aims to prove these criminals wrong. By working closely together we can help keep all our communities safe places to live and work. We hope to make today’s operation the first of many.”

John Barwise, Enforcement Officer for South Lakeland District Council, said: “South Lakeland District Council`s Enforcement officers will be in attendance at the operation to remind businesses of their legal responsibilities to ensure that any waste they may be carrying on their vehicles is transported and disposed of in a correct manner.”

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