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DVLA Crackdown

ABERTILLERY officers teamed up with the DVLA and Gwent Police’s ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) team to target vehicle crime.

This recent two-day operation is building on the success of an operation last month, where vehicle crime was cut by a half in Abertillery over the course of a 13-day crackdown.

Officers issued three endorsable fixed penalty notices to motorists for driving while using a mobile phone and driving with an insecure load.

They issued another nine non-endorsable fixed penalty notices for a variety of offences including driving without wearing a seatbelt.

Three vehicles were seized during the operation as a result of being driven with no insurance.

The DVLA also clamped 19 vehicles in the Abertillery area that did not have a valid tax disc.

A further eight people were arrested during the operation for offences including driving whilst disqualified, drink-driving and for being wanted on warrant.

Abertillery Inspector Phil Morris, said: “Using the ANPR capabilities, we were able to target vehicle crime, as well as use intelligence to target individuals who may be using their vehicles for criminal purposes or are wanted by the police. We had some good results over the two days, and we aim to build on this in the future. Abertillery has a very low crime rate, and by running operations such as this we aim to make further reductions in crime in the area.”

The ANPR systems which were used in this operation can instantly check thousands of passing vehicles an hour against various databases of intelligence. This includes information provided by police officers, Crimestoppers, the DVLA and other forces about vehicles who are suspected of committing crime, people wanted on warrant and those used by disqualified drivers.

If a suspicious vehicle is identified by ANPR, police units intercept to carry out checks on the vehicle and occupants.

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