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Police crack down on motorists in district

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

This image was taken of the car seized from the arrested male in Blythe Bridge.

This image was taken of the car seized from the arrested male in Blythe Bridge.

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Police have carried out a district-wide crackdown on speeding and anti-social motorists.

On Tuesday, May 6, officers from the Tactical Policing Team deployed in the area of Draycott, Blythe Bridge, Cheadle and Leek targeting speeding vehicles and anti-social driving in support of the Cheadle Local Policing Team.

This deployment specifically included a check site on Uttoxeter Road, Draycott.

The operation was undertaken alongside the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership to address fatal and serious injury collision reduction and as part of the police’s disrupt, deter, detect strategy utilising covert and overt police vehicles and mobile ANPR.

The deployment location was intended to offer community reassurance following a number of collisions in the area including the recent fatality on Uttoxeter Road, Draycott, as well as complaints raised by the local community and local councillors regarding excessive speed.

Separately and in connection with the incidents of vehicle crime High Visibility patrols were conducted on rural car parks the aim being to reduce victims of vehicle crime in the areas of Cheadle and Leek, specifically from checks undertaken at Cheadle, Leek Aldi and Tittesworth Reservoir.

The results of the operation were as follows:-

*22 vehicles were detected by the camera partnership for excess speed, highest recorded being 57 mph in a 40 mph limit.

*Three vehicles were seized for no insurance in the Blythe Bridge and Fulford areas with the driver of a fourth vehicle reported for no insurance without the vehicle being seized.

*One Drugs search and cannabis seizure from a male stopped in Blythe Bridge driving a vehicle with a strong smell of cannabis. Vehicle and male searched under misuse of drugs act and the male has been reported for summons for Cannabis possession.

*A 28 year old male from Stoke on Trent was stopped driving a vehicle. He initially was unco-operative and gave false details to Police. Checks on the male and vehicle showed he was a disqualified driver and a weapon was found in the vehicle. The male was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon, disqualified driving, no insurance and obstructing a Police Constable in the execution of his duty. The male has been bailed to a future date pending further enquiries.

*Seven people were reported for summons to court for four Insurance offences, two MOT offences and one mobile phone offence.

*Attention was also given to light goods vehicles following on from a recent spate of thefts of tools etc from these types of vehicles.

PC Dave Stubbs of Cheadle Police said: “Staffordshire Police actively works to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads and encourages safer road use.

“We also work with other agencies and the local community to address community concerns around speeding motorists, anti social vehicle use and poor driving.

“This operation was an example of the work we have been doing and will continue to do in the Cheadle and Blythe Bridge areas over the next few months to try and reduce the number of collisions on our roads and make the roads safer for the local community”.

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