Four arrested in roadside checks

MORE than 50 motorists were stopped as police staged a crackdown on anti-social driving and dangerous vehicles on Friday.

Officers joined forces with colleagues from Safer Neighbourhood Teams during a day of action in and around Sudbury town centre.

The aim of the operation was to remove illegal vehicles from the roads and promote more considerate driving, with a strong police presence from 7.30am and 2pm.

During the operation, vehicles were stopped by the police and escorted to a check site just off the A134.

In total, 78 advisory notices were issued in relation to vehicle defects, with other drivers notified of improvements they needed to make to their vehicles.

There were also 22 fixed penalty notices issued, while the UK Border Agency arrested four people on suspicion of illegal entry into the country.

Insp Paul Crick of the Sudbury Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The results of this operation are disappointing and show that there are vehicles being driven in a dangerous condition.

“We will continue to work with partner agencies to identify these vehicles and remove them from our roads whenever necessary.

“Hopefully this operation has sent out a strong message to motorists in Sudbury that they need to take responsibility for their vehicles or they could face prosecution.”

Other agencies involved included the DVLA, Suffolk Trading Standards and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.