Eight arrests made after day of action targeting motorists in Portman Road, Ipswich, yesterday

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A day of police action in Ipswich resulted in eight arrests, five vehicles being seized and several dozen separate charges being issued for motor-related offences yesterday.

Of the 50 vehicles stopped for vehicle checks in Portman Road, only four came away clear of any offences.

The operation was led by Suffolk police, and involved several teams including the roads policing and firearms operations unit, the road casualty reduction team and the drug team, with support also provided by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), HM Revenue and Customs, Suffolk Trading Standards and the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP).

The police drug dogs team carried out 63 searches, with 22 positive indications resulting in six arrests.

More than 50 traffic offence reports were issued – 12 for people driving while using mobile phones, 11 for not wearing seatbelts, 11 for driving with no MoT, four for driving with no insurance, two for driving with no licence and 12 others for offences including defective tyres, condition offences and incorrectly registered foreign vehicles.

Five vehicles were also seized after the drivers were found to have no insurance, no driving licence or for insurance fraud offences.

In addition, the DVSA issued seven immediate prohibitions for serious vehicle defects, 13 for defects that will require immediate fixing and a further 23 advisory notices were issued.

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DWP checked 29 people and are making further enquiries around potential housing benefit fraud, while Suffolk Trading Standards checked 10 traders with two follow up enquiries to be made.

The eight arrested included one person for staying in the UK for longer than permitted, and seven for drug driving offences.

Sgt Julian Ditcham, of the roads policing team, said: “Amongst the aims of the day were to deny criminals the use of Suffolk’s roads, remove unsafe vehicles, to raise awareness of road safety issues and to target those committing offences such as drink and drug driving, driving without insurance, driving while using mobile phones or driving without seatbelts.

“We dealt with a number of motorists throughout the course of this pro-active day and provided a high-visibility presence in the town.

“This shows there are still a number of road users who are prepared to put themselves and other innocent members of the public at risk through drug driving and other offences such as using a mobile while behind the wheel.

“We will continue to carry out days like this to deal with those committing offences.”