Police seize 72 cars and arrest 34 people in week of action across South Yorkshire

Police officers using the automatic number plate recognition system to check cars on South Yorkshire roads
Police officers using the automatic number plate recognition system to check cars on South Yorkshire roads
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A total of 72 vehicles have been seized and 34 people arrested across South Yorkshire in a week of action.

South Yorkshire Police stopped 683 drivers between June 22 and 28 as part of its operation against crime on the roads, Trivium 4,

The week also led to £2,100 of drugs being recovered, as well as £31,000 of stolen vehicles and £9,000 of stolen goods.

The national operation involved every force in the UK as well as the DVLA.

On June 25, a non-EU national was arrested and detained in Rotherham for possession of a drug with intent to supply. He was also arrested for possession of an offensive weapon.

The next day, another non-EU national was arrested for aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and dangerous driving in Sheffield.

Officers also issued 33 vehicles with prohibition notices for defects could cause danger to themselves or other road users.

Roads Policing Chief Inspector Glen Suttenwood said: “This operation was about targeting and catching the criminals, not the communities they are from.

“We have achieved fantastic results over the last week in South Yorkshire and by working jointly with Humberside, we have also been able to piece together a regional picture on travelling criminals.

Chief Insp Suttenwood added: “Operation Trivium 4 has provided an excellent opportunity to work alongside a variety of agencies which ordinarily we would not be able to access instantaneously.

“By working together, individuals who are believed to be travelling the country committing crime have been identified and we have been able to dismantle groups of criminals.“