Surrey Police team up with the Met for day of action targeting cross-border burglars and auto-crime (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Surrey Police team up with the Met for day of action targeting cross-border burglars and auto-crime
4:56pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Local News
More than 150 vehicles were stopped, nine people arrested and six vehicles seized in a joint day of police action on the Surrey border, targeting suspected burglars and auto-crime.
Officers from Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police Service teamed up for the initiative on the Epsom and Ewell/Metropolitan Police border last Thursday (September 12).
The operation was held after Surrey Police said information suggested offenders were using the area to travel between the two Force areas and counties to commit crime.
In the event, a total of nine people were arrested – including one on suspicion of possessing a class A drug with intent to supply, three on suspicions of fraud and theft, and one on suspicion of going equipped.
Two people were arrested by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) on suspicion of being in the country illegally. A Surrey Police spokeswoman said six vehicles were seized, ten prohibition notices were served to vehicle owners, and 38 drivers were given advice for a variety of offences.
She said ten people were stopped and searched, two summons files were served, and 34 driver referrals and 26 driver alerts were given.
PC Nathan Marsh from the Roads Policing Unit at Surrey Police, said: "We received information which suggested that criminals were using the Epsom and Ewell border to travel to commit offences.
"We believed that by putting a number of resources in the area that this would demonstrate our robust approach to tackling cross-border crime and bringing offenders to justice.”
Sutton Safer Neighbourhoods Chief Inspector Nick Collins, said: "Operations like this send out a message that police take a robust approach in catching criminals, and we will be supporting further such cross-border operations to keep residents safe.”
Other agencies involved in the day included the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), DATATAG and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.