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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Police forces launch joint bid to tackle travelling crooks

A major operation by four police forces, including Cumbria, to tackle travelling criminals took place today.

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About 90 officers in total were involved in Operation Checkpoint, aimed at cracking down on crooks who move between counties in northern England and Scotland.

The initiative, with North Yorkshire, Northumbria and Scotland forces, was intended to gather intelligence, prevent and disrupt criminal activity and provide high visibility presence to reassure communities.

Officers from local policing teams were joined by colleagues from roads policing teams, the Special Constabulary, dog handlers and PCSOs.

Police targeted known criminals and their vehicles and stopped and searched other vehicles seen in suspicious circumstances.

Cumbria police Inspector Richard Quinn said: "It is vitally important that we work together across county and country boundaries to target criminals.

"Criminals travel up and down our roads to commit crime, mostly thefts from rural communities. If criminals don’t recognise boundaries then neither should we.

“Often these criminals will use back roads and commit rural acquisitive crime, including burglary, vehicle theft, farm thefts and scrap metal theft. They are opportunistic and think that by travelling to another county where they are less known that they are less likely to be caught. Operation Checkpoint aims to prove these criminals wrong.”

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