Five arrested in police crackdown on drug driving in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 16:45 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:51 29 March 2018

Belvedere Road, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Belvedere Road, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Five people were arrested for drugs offences in one day during a police operation in Lowestoft.

Of those five, three were for drug driving with suspected cocaine, and two for cannabis. 28 people also tested negative on breath tests.

Just five out of 43 vehicles checked by the multi-agency operation on Wednesday left the site clear.

The aim of the operation was to disrupt criminal activity, to catch those committing driving offences and to remove unsafe vehicles from the road, with fuel testing, drugs checks and vehicle examinations all being carried out.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “I am a tremendous fan of these highly visible proactive days of enforcement, they send out a very clear message that if you are prepared to put yourself, and others, at risk by taking to the road unfit to drive or in a unsafe vehicle you stand a very good chance of being caught.

Belvedere Road, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherBelvedere Road, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

“Since becoming PCC I have been aware of many similar operations and yet I am still stunned by how many drivers are arrested for drug related issues – I find it staggering.

He added: “It is only by working together that we will make our county’s roads safer for everyone so I’d like to publicly thank all the police officers and partner agencies involved in this campaign for their continued support.”

Officers from more than 12 different agencies were present at the check site at the Belvedere Road car park in Lowestoft on March 28.

These included the Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing, Fire Operation Unit, Scorpion Teams, drugs team, dog unit, the Neighbourhood Response Team and partner agencies DVSA, environmental services and Trading Standards.

Belvedere Road, Lowestoft.
Picture: Nick ButcherBelvedere Road, Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Butcher

A further eight vehicles were seized for having no insurance, and five immediate prohibitions were issued by DVSA.

Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing posted several tweets showing their progress over the day.

One tweet showed the seized uninsured car of a driver arrested after being tested positive for cocaine. There was also a small child in the car.

A similar operation took place in Ipswich in February where five arrests were made from the 63 vehicles checked during the day.

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