Stolen cars worth £1.8m

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A SPECIALIST road policing team set up to deny criminals the use of the county's roads recovered 125 stolen cars in South Yorkshire last year.

South Yorkshire Police's Road Crime Unit, which concentrates on prolific car thieves, car key burglars, drug dealers and organised crime groups, recovered vehicles worth 1.8 million.

The team also seized drugs and stolen property worth 327,150 and made 564 arrests.

Officers took possession of 834 vehicles driven without insurance or a valid licence.

Chief Inspector Stuart Walne, head of roads policing in South Yorkshire, said: "The Road Crime Unit adds value far in excess of its operating costs.

"In financial terms alone the value of drugs, stolen vehicles and other property recovered make the achievements of the team clear to see.

"These results are a testament to the hard work and skill of the officers and staff who police our roads. They send out a strong message to those who may think that their criminality will go undetected."

The team uses high-performance cars and motorbikes with automatic number plate recognition and digital video recording technology.

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