Action day along A47 in Fenland sees vehicles seized and fines and orders issued

THREE illegal vechiles travelling through Fenland were taken off the road during a multi-agency roadside operation.

Other motorists driving illegally and those driving dangerous vehicles were also hit with fines and orders during the day-long checks along the A47 at Walsoken on Wednesday.

Police teamed up with officers from HM Revenue and Customs and the Vehicle Operating Safety Agency (VOSA), allowing the team to take wide-ranging action against motorists putting themselves and other road users at risk.

The action was part of the on-going Operation Radar campaign in Norfolk, to disrupt and identify criminals targeting rural and vulnerable households as distraction burglars, rogue traders and associated crime.

A/Sgt Karen Faulkner said: “By having multi-agency roadside checks, we can take a range of measures against prospective criminals and motorists otherwise travelling illegally.

“This is not about targeting the law abiding motorist but weeding out those with the potential to impact on our communities.”

Between 9.30am and 4.30am a total of 29 vehicles were pulled over, with offences found in every case:

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• Three vehicles driven with no insurance were seized and removed from the road.

• Six fines were issued for various offences.

• HMRC will taken action against one motorist found driving illegally with red diesel, a tax evasion offence.

• Seven cars, two caravans and one lorry received prohibition notices requiring immediate repairs to defects.

• Two motorists were reported for summons to court for no insurance and defective tyre offences.