Fines issued in crackdown on motorists

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POLICE seized a car and a man was caught working while claiming benefits, in a new crackdown on crime.

The day of action in Eckington involved Derbyshire Police, the Department for Work and Pensions, and Environmental Health officers.

The team spent a day at the bus terminus on Pinfold Street, Eckington, pulling over suspicious vehicles which were then checked by all agencies involved.

Police issued fixed penalty notices to five motorists for using their mobile phones while driving and seized a car when checks revealed the driver had no insurance.

One man who was stopped in a work vehicle and found to be claiming job seekers’ allowance is to be interviewed by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Staff from BT were also involved to try to catch thieves stealing cable from the company’s network.

And officers from Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Team also visited three scrap metal dealers on the Norwood Industrial Estate to check for stolen material and make sure all the dealers’ books were in order.

All dealers were above board.

A similar operation is being planned for Killamarsh.