Cops tackle cross border crime

Chesterfield police teamed up with the Environment Agency and HMRC as part of an operation to tackle cross border crime.

Officers seized 24 vehicles, including two suspected stolen vehicles, and issued numerous fines as part of an operation to combat burglaries and vehicle crime.

Operation Deny was carried out to prevent criminals coming into Chesterfield and the surrounding villages.

Officers carried out vehicle checks at strategic locations across the borough and also in areas where serious crime is most prevalent.

Police identified suspicious vehicles and their occupants during the campaign which ran on June 13 and 14 and July 4 and 5.

A number of drivers were cautioned or fined for motoring and minor drugs offences and several vehicles were banned from the roads due to serious faults.

DC Lee Oldham said: “Working closely with other agencies helped to stem the flow of criminals crossing our county border to commit offences.

“The operation has been successful and we will continue with this type of operation working with our partner agencies to deny criminals the use of our roads.”

Safer Neighbourhood teams worked with specialist officers throughout the operation and spent time reassuring the communities where police activity had been concentrated.