Police in Borders, Northumberland and Cumbria make driver arrests in Operation Overlord

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Borders police officers have carried out a operation to put the brakes on criminal activities on the region’s roads.

In conjunction with Northumbria Police and Cumbria Constabulary, Police Scotland carried out searches of vehicles utilising the routes between both countries on Monday.

Entitled Operation Overlord, police stopped around 250 cars, vans and lorries to check for various motoring offences including speeding, drink/drug driving without a seatbelt and driving without a valid licence; MOT or insurance.

Partner agencies from VOSA, HMRC and the DWP also assisted with roadside inspections to ensure all vehicles stopped were roadworthy and those driving for work purposes were not currently claiming unemployment benefits or similar aid.

As a result of the activity, 36 Immediate and Delayed Prohibition Orders were issued for 47 various vehicle offences that were detected.

In addition, 10 vehicles were seized under the Road Traffic Act after police enquiries revealed they were being driven while uninsured.

Furthermore, four people were arrested for offences including alleged breaches of warrants, while various pieces of intelligence were also gathered and will be progressed in due course.

Road Policing Inspector, Richard Latto from Police Scotland said: “The majority of motorists who utilise the road network between Scotland and England do so while obeying the law.

“However, a small number of people use these arterial routes to commit crimes north and south of the border, or are committing a crime by driving in the first place.”