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Dozens of vehicles stopped in Diss as part of major police operation

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More than 50 vehicles were stopped by police in Diss on Friday as part of a multi-agency operation to reduce road casualties and disrupt criminality.

A number of officers took part in the Roads Policing Action Day, including the Operation Moonshot Team who use ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology to target known offenders and interrupt criminals using the road network, while also targeting unsafe vehicles.

Partner agencies including Trading Standards, South Norfolk Licencing, South Norfolk Environment Agency, DVSA, Community Protection and HMRC were also involved.

Norfolk Constabulary officers stopped more than 50 motorists in Diss on Friday. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Norfolk Constabulary officers stopped more than 50 motorists in Diss on Friday. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

As part of the action day a number of vehicles were escorted onto a designated check site along Victoria Road.

A total of 51 vehicles were stopped throughout the day with 38 drivers being dealt with for offences.

25 of those drivers were issued with Traffic Offence Reports (TORs); five for insecure loads; seven for using a mobile phone; five for not wearing a seatbelt; three for number plate offences; five for construction and use offences; and two for driving prohibited vehicles.

In addition, 30 vehicles were caught speeding along the A140 and the A143 by the Safety Camera Partnership.

Sergeant Matt Steward from the Roads and Armed Policing Team said: "This was another very successful day with a number of people being dealt with for various offences.

"We continue to emphasise the dangers around the fatal four offences which is why it is so disappointing to see nearly half of the offences detected were for not wearing a seatbelt or using a mobile phone. These offences, alongside drink or drug driving and speeding make you more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision.

"We hope this action day sends a clear message that we will continue to target those drivers who pose a risk to not only themselves but to other road users.

"A number of TORs were issued as part of this initiative, which could result in fines and/or points on drivers’ licences. Anyone with existing points on their licence risks losing it completely.

"This follows a series of action days and is the latest to bring skills and resources together to disrupt criminal activity and make our communities safer."

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