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Multi-agency clamp down on car crime in Borehamwood a success
An operation to crack down on illegal cars and their drivers has been hailed as a “great success”.
During Operation Raj, which took place this morning, police stopped 58 cars and escorted them to the car park of Hertsmere Civic Offices in Elstree Way.
Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertsmere Borough Council and other agencies ensured taxis and private hire vehicles were safe and that drivers carrying waste had the right licences to do so.
Of those who were stopped, six motorists were reported by police for offences.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and are currently in police custody.
Three vehicles were issued with prohibition notices banning them from using the road until they were judged safe and fit to drive.
Two were issued with Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme notices, meaning drivers are required to fix any defects and inform police.
Hertsmere Council examined 39 taxis with some licence plates being suspended for vehicle defects.
Two fines were also issued for smoking in a working vehicle.
Inspector Richard Johnson, from the Hertsmere Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This operation was a great success, strengthening our partnerships with other law enforcement and statutory agencies.
“All the relevant agencies were in place to tackle a range of issues, enabling us to make maximum use of everyone’s resources and expertise.”
The operation was co-ordinated by the Hertsmere Community Safety Partnership.
Chief executive of Hertsmere Council Donald Graham said: “Operation Raj was truly a multi-agency project with around seven organisations involved in clamping down on dangerous vehicles and other criminal behaviour.
“We work closely with the police in making Hertsmere safe and we look forward to working even more closely with them when they move into our Civic Offices in the New Year.”
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