Police operation in Lowestoft leads to seven arrests

PUBLISHED: 14:08 28 August 2014 | UPDATED: 17:26 28 August 2014

Police have carried out an operation in Lowestoft

Police have carried out an operation in Lowestoft

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Police have carried out a major operation in Lowestoft which resulted in seven arrests.

Yesterday’s operation was designed to disrupt organised crime groups and remove unsafe vehicles from the county’s roads while enforcing and improving road safety at the same time.

Officers executed warrants addresses in Lowestoft where drugs were seized.

And a fixed multi-agency check point was set up within the grounds of Benjamin Britten High School as a place for vehicles to be escorted to for further checks.

A Lexus car was seized and four people arrested.

An 18 year old man and 19 year old man, both from Colchester, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs,

Together with a 21 year old man from Colchester who was arrested for the same offence and taking a motor vehicle without consent, the men are all being held for questioning at the Gt Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

A 16-year-old male from Great Yarmouth was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and was bailed to return to the Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on October 29.

Then a 56-year-old woman from Lowestoft was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol and was bailed until October 29.

A 45- year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drug. He was bailed until September 13

The last arrest saw a 27-year-old man from Lowestoft arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence and he was bailed until September 25.

The checks at the school saw 25 vehicles stopped, with eight fixed penalty notices issued for no insurance, dangerous condition, tyres, no MOT and no licence.

Four people were reported for summons for no insurance and no driving licence, seven vehicles were seized for insurance and licence offences and one vehicle was seized for being in a dangerous condition and was later reported as stolen.

Police officers from response, specialist operations, automatic number plate recognition intercept team, territorial support team and the roads policing and firearms operations unit carried out the operation.

It also involved the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) hidden economy team, Trading Standards, the Environment Agency and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The HMRC hidden economy team spoke with 13 people and will need to carry out follow up enquiries in relation to unregistered businesses.

The DWP had two prosecutions against people for working while claiming benefits and six people will require follow up enquiries.

Det Chief Insp Tonya Antonis said: “We are delighted with the results from the day of action. These operations are carried out with an element of surprise and without pre-publicity so we can obtain the best possible evidence.

“We will always carry out a robust response to tackling drugs offences and the associated crimes that are often committed by those who deal in the drugs business.

“Proactive days such as these will continue to be carried out and we will work with our partners to ensure we have a co-ordinated response to tackling criminal activity not only to enforce but educate people where necessary to ensure Suffolk remains a safe place to live, work, travel and invest.”

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