Police join forces for targeted operation

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A multi-force operation targeting travelling criminals operating across counties in the North of England and Scotland took place.

Officers from Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Northumbria, Scotland, Cleveland and Durham 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:

“After the success of the first Operation Checkpoint we were all keen to keep working closely together to tackle thefts from rural communities.

“I am delighted that Cleveland and Durham have now also joined the operation.

“Criminals don’t recognise boundaries, and it is important we recognise this and continue to work across force boundaries to prevent and deter crime.”

North Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, said:“It’s good to see this joint initiative going from strength to strength and building on the success of the first operation.”