Police arrest nine people after conducting vehicle checks in Lowestoft

Suffolk Police. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Suffolk Police. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Nine people have been arrested after officers carried out vehicle and passenger checks in Lowestoft.

A total of 52 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) were also issued by officers as part of Operation Quartzite – a scheme to target drivers who seek to commit offences within the area.

Officers from a number of agencies within the force, including the Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit and Road Casualty Reduction Teams, stopped a number of motorists at a car park in Belvedere Road.

The operation also targeted motorists who may have been speeding, drink or drug driving, using a mobile phone whilst driving and not wearing a seatbelt – when it was held yesterday (Wednesday, March 23).

Inspector Julian Ditcham, who managed the check site, said: 'This was a successful operation which resulted in nine arrests and targeted criminals committing all types of offences across the county, ranging from drugs to motoring offences.

'It is really important that we raise awareness of the dangers of committing offences on our roads – where all road users can be put at risk. We will continue to target motorists who commit these offences and will do all we can to promote road safety across the county.'

Within the Lowestoft area, officers issued 36 TORs for offences including no insurance, no licence, mobile phone, seatbelt, speed and vehicle condition offences.

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Eight vehicles were also seized for having no insurance or licence.

The joint Dog Section made 25 searches, resulting in 10 positive indications.

As a result, six vehicles were searched and five arrests were made.

A team of officers also patrolled the A12 in Norfolk and stopped 29 vehicles.

Two TORs were issued for mobile phone offences, 12 for speeding, two for seatbelts, one immediate prohibition for a serious offence and 10 vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme Reports.

Nine people were arrested in total during the operation including:

? A 27-year-old woman from Lowestoft, who was arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs and bailed to return to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on May 11.

? Aleksandr Lickovskij, 31, from Queens Road in Great Yarmouth was charged with driving a motor vehicle whilst disqualified and use a motor vehicle without third party insurance. He was bailed to appear at Lowestoft Magistrates court on April 7.

? A 31-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs and bailed to return to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on May 4.

? A 27-year-old Halesworth man was arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs and bailed to return to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on May 2.

? A 36-year-old man from Beccles was arrested for suspicion of making off without a payment and bailed to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on April 19.

? A 28-year-old man from Lowestoft was arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs and bailed to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on April 18.

? A 42-year-old man Lowestoft man was arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs and bailed to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on May 4.

? A 25-year-old man from Bungay was arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs and driving whilst disqualified and bailed to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on May 3.

? A 29-year-old man from Ipswich, was arrested on suspicion of driving – excess drugs and possession of drugs – Class B or C and bailed to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre on May 9.

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