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Seventeen more arrests after targeted activity across Essex

News / Wed 21st Feb 2024 at 04:11am

OFFICERS have made 17 more arrests across Essex as they tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in our towns and on our roads.

Warrants executed in Braintree led to two people being arrested and bailed on suspicion of drugs offences yesterday, Monday 19 February.

Officers patrolling in Chelmsford city centre have arrested a man wanted on recall to prison after he was identified on CCTV, and we attended an ongoing incident in a Loughton supermarket to arrest a suspect on suspicion of GBH.

Our Serious Violence Unit also travelled to Luton Airport to arrest a suspect on suspicion of drugs offences as they attempted to board a flight out of the UK.

As well as policing our towns and cities, we have been targeting dangerous drivers on our highways.

In 24 hours we carried out almost 300 speed checks, stopped 157 vehicles and seized 16 uninsured vehicles. We also issued 67 Traffic Offence Reports, which officers can issue for drivers who commit less serious driving offences but still need to take action to make their vehicle or driving safe.

Officers across Braintree and Uttlesford districts arrested three people – one on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle and two on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle.

In Southend, one driver was arrested on suspicion of drug driving, possessing a Class B drug and driving without insurance. In Tendring, another driver was stopped and arrested on suspicion of drink driving and driving without insurance. And in Thurrock, one driver was arrested following a traffic stop in the district, and two vehicles were seized.

Superintendent Phil Stinger said: “This kind of work shows just how much our officers are doing day in, day out.

“We are on patrol every day in our communities, looking for suspects and making our streets as safe as possible.

“The same goes for our roads. Driving dangerously can be deadly – we are out on our roads every day and we will catch you if you break the law behind the wheel.”

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