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Police roadside check point nets 32 arrests

PUBLISHED: 11:33 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010

THIRTY-TWO vehicles were seized in a major crackdown on uninsured cars and unlicensed drivers. Officers from Bexley and five other south London boroughs took part in the four week operation which ran from February 22 to March 18. A total of 231 vehicles

THIRTY-TWO vehicles were seized in a major crackdown on uninsured cars and unlicensed drivers.

Officers from Bexley and five other south London boroughs took part in the four week operation which ran from February 22 to March 18.

A total of 231 vehicles were seized and 315 drivers were reported for traffic related offences such as driving whilst using a mobile phone, no MOT and not wearing a seat belt.

Over three days in Bexley between March 16 and March 18, as well as seizing 32 vehicles, 60 drivers were reported for driving offences and two arrests were made over immigration offences when police set up a check point in Upper Wickham Lane, Welling.

During the operation the officers used Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology to scan vehicle number plates.

Bexley Acting Borough Commander Glyn Jones said: "Criminals rely on vehicles to travel through the borough and commit crime and ANPR has proven its worth many times in disrupting the activities of criminals.

"The technology can not only help us tackle road safety, but is highly effective in assisting us to enforce the law, prevent and detect crime.

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