Police checkpoints target travelling criminals

Police crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw and Special Insp. Luke Davies
Police crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw and Special Insp. Luke Davies

A police checkpoint was set up at Gisburn as part of a cross-border police operation aimed at tackling travelling criminals.

Special officers worked alongside road policing and armed response officers from Lancashire and colleagues from both the North and West Yorkshire police forces as part of Operation Voyager, which has been hailed a success.

Checkpoints were set up on the A646 Burnley Road, Laneshaw Bridge, and on the A59 at Gisburn Auction Mart.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Clive Grunshaw visited the team of 31 special officers involved in the crackdown on cross-border criminality.

A total of 553 vehicles were stopped. Of these, there were three warnings issued for possession of cannabis, one Section 59 warning, seven were stopped for traffic offences and two 
vehicles were seized because they were not insured. In addition, 18 warnings were issued to drivers with defective vehicles and 23 motorists were asked to produce driving documents at a police station.

A total of 10 offences, ranging from having no insurance to no road tax, were detected thanks to automatic number plate recognition.

Mr Grunshaw said: “Friday night’s operation sent a strong message to the criminal fraternity that Lancashire is not a soft touch. We will not tolerate the 
activities of organised criminals and if they come to Lancashire they will be caught.

“The operation was led by special officers and it was fascinating to see in person how successfully the Citizens in Policing programme is working. The programme brings in more volunteers, special constables and police cadets to provide greater visibility for frontline policing.

“Lancashire is a safe place to live and we all have a responsibility for keeping it that way.”