Cars seized in police operation

TWO vehicles were seized and seven drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices following yesterday’s (Thursday) police operation in Wisbech.

The operation used the new technology ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) which has been jointly funded by Fenland Council and the Police, supported by the Community Safety Partnership.

ANPR uses cameras which can complete Police National Computer and intelligence checks on every vehicle that passes by.

It meant the resultant stop checks were focused and targeted against vehicles and people that may have been causing harm or risk to the community.

On Wednesday volunteer Special Constables initiated the intercept operation that utilised a dedicated team of officers from Cambridgeshire’s ANPR team and Norfolk Constabulary.

The morning was quiet for the team but it became busier in the afternoon.

Area Commander Chief Inspector Mike Winters said: “A total of 36 vehicles were stopped, most initiated by the camera system. “Significant information has been gathered around some vehicles and occupants, two vehicles were removed from the road immediately because they were not insured and seven drivers had fixed penalty notices. Equally as important was the fact that the police activity attracted great interest, from the law abiding and law breakers alike.”

He continued: “I am very grateful to the volunteer officers who gave up their own time to carry this out and I fully intend to exploit the technology further in the future.”