Traffic Operation deemed a success

Cleveland Police has took part in a national operation which has targeted stolen plant equipment, Cleveland Police along with partner agencies within Cleveland took part in Operation Crassus.

Operation Crassus set up three roadside check points across Cleveland on the A66 at Long Newton, A689 Hartlepool and Haverton Hill Road, The Operation took place between Saturday 27th October and ran until Sunday 10th November.

Police stopped 39 Vehicles and and twelve trailers and thirteen items of plant equipment were checked in total.

Police seized five vehicles for licensing and insurance offences and a further three vehicles were deemed to be overweight.

Yhe Vehicle Operator Service (VOSA) issued 20 prohibitions for defects which included defective breaks and illegal tyres, two vehicles were dealt with by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customers after they where found to be using red diesel.

Police officers also recovered suspected stolen plant equipment and suspected stolen vehicle parts.

Inspector Lee Rukin, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “The issue of plant equipment being stolen locally and nationally costs hard working companies dearly. These operations are carried out regularly and we are pleased to have recovered some plant equipment which is suspected to be stolen. As the results have shown, these initiatives are extremely beneficial to road users as well as victims of crime and we will continue to lend our support to these national operations wherever we can.”