Four people arrested after police operation targets criminals in Lowestoft

Police Officers. Picture: James Bass.

Police Officers. Picture: James Bass. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Four men were arrested for drug driving and seven vehicles were seized by officers after a police operation in Lowestoft on Wednesday.

Over 20 drug searches were carried out – with 70 other road traffic offences detected during the clampdown.

The operation was designed to disrupt criminals using the road and was also linked to ongoing work to deal with those supplying drugs into the town.

Four men were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

• A 23-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested at Clifton Road about 11.35am on suspicion of driving under the influence of cocaine and cannabis. He was bailed to return to police on June 16.


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• A 32-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested at Camp Road about 10.50am on suspicion of driving under the influence of cannabis. He was bailed to return to police on June 22.

• A 30-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested in Yarmouth Road about 9.50am on suspicion of driving under the influence of cannabis and cocaine. He was also detained for driving with no insurance and was been bailed to return to police on June 17.

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• A 27-year-old man was arrested in Beresford Road about 1.15pm on suspicion of driving under the influence of cannabis and cocaine. He was been bailed to return to police on June 7.

In addition, seven vehicles were seized – with seven drivers being dealt with for having no insurance and nine people for having no MOT.

Police also completed traffic offence reports for 22 people found to be driving while not wearing a seatbelt, 18 people who were seen using a mobile phone while driving and two who were speeding, and dealt with 12 other offences relating to the condition of vehicles and breach of traffic regulations.

The operation was carried out by the Suffolk & Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit and officers from the East and South Scorpion pro-active teams and the dog unit.

Sergeant Julian Ditcham, of the roads policing team, said: 'Among the aims of the day were to remove unsafe vehicles from the road, 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 and speeding, and we dealt with a number of motorists throughout the course of the day.

'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.'

Detective Sergeant Karl Storey, from the East Scorpion team said; 'We have been carrying out work to target those supplying and dealing illegal drugs in the town, with the aim of disrupting criminal activity and detecting offences.

'Yesterday again showed that these days can provide positive results and we are working with colleagues to reduce crime and make our roads safer.'

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