September 25th, 2016

Crackdown on criminal cars, burglary and drugs as police undertake Bromsgrove ‘day of action’

A TEAM of 50 police undertook a day of action in Bromsgrove on Tuesday, targeting the crimes which cause the most harm in the community.

Operation Mozilla included police officers, members of the special constabulary, PCSOs, dogs and their handlers, road policing teams, CID priority teams and representatives from Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

Four warrants were carried out at Bromsgrove addresses. At one, cannabis was found. One person involved received a street caution and one was arrested.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras were used on the Bromsgrove / Birmingham border and 29 illegal vehicles were found.

Seven of those had no insurance, 11 had no tax, one driver had no licence, three vehicles had no legal MoT, one motorist was caught using his mobile phone whilst driving and six vehicles were seized.

And in more preventative measures, Safer Neighbourhood officers visited over 450 houses in Wythall and Alvechurch to give out Smartwater property marking kits and issue crime prevention advice.

Insp Sarah Corteen from the Bromsgrove District Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “This was the first of many Safer Neighbourhood Policing days of action across North Worcestershire.

“We worked with colleagues from across Worcestershire and partners from Worcester Regulatory Services to target the issues that cause most harm in the district.

“Our specialist roads policing teams carried out targeted patrols on routes known to be used by criminals, whilst teams of investigators executed warrants in connection with Burglary and drugs offences.

“The day was a huge success and demonstrated how West Mercia and Warwickshire Police are committed to keeping our communities safer and protecting people from harm.”