Police make 11 arrests as part of day of action in Suffolk

Operation Platoon - A multi-agency pro-active day of disruption across Suffolk. Pic Submitted by Suf

Operation Platoon - A multi-agency pro-active day of disruption across Suffolk. Pic Submitted by Suffolk police. - Credit: Archant

A 57-year-old man from Lowestoft has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images following a raid carried out as part of a crackdown on criminals across Suffolk.

A total of 11 people were arrested, 12 warrants were executed and 39 vehicles checked as part of Operation Platoon - a multi-agency, pro-active day of disruption across the county.

Officers from Suffolk and Norfolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit, the dog unit, Scorpion Central Team and Response officers joined by partner agencies including Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Trading Standards and HM Revenue & Customs who carried out vehicle and passenger checks at the A14/A140 Beacon Hill Services in Coddenham.

The man arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images has been bailed to return to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre on April 26.

At the road check at Beacon Hill services, 39 vehicles were escorted to the site between 8.30am and 3.30pm today:

- Five vehicles were clear of any offences.

- Four were issued with immediate prohibitions, taking them off the road.

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- Eleven vehicles were given delayed prohibitions – with faults to be rectified as soon as possible.

- Twenty three advisory notices were issued.

- HMRC took dip samples from 27 tanks, with one positive for red diesel and a rebated fuel fine of £535 paid.

- Trading Standards issued seven advice notices to traders.

- Police issued traffic offence reports to two people for having no insurance, 11 people for driving while using a mobile phone and six people for driving a vehicle with no MoT.

- Two vehicles were seized as the drivers had no insurance and three vehicle defect notification forms issued.

- Officers also dealt with one vehicle with an incorrect index mark, one with a defective tyre and reported one vehicle to the DVLA as the driver had no tax.

- There were also more than 50 drugs searches, via the passive drugs dogs and officers searching individuals and vehicles, and a small amount of a controlled substance was seized and one person reported for summons.

The operation also included the execution of twelve search warrants, leading to arrest of eleven individuals:

- A warrant was conducted in Stowmarket and a 45-year-old man from Haughley was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and possession with intent to supply – other than Class A. He currently remains in Bury Police Investigation Centre.

- Three warrants were conducted in Haverhill which resulted in; a 20-year-old man from Romford in Essex being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug; a 32-year-old woman from Haverhill being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug; and a 36-year-old woman from Haverhill being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. All three currently remain in Bury Police Investigation Centre.

- Four warrants were conducted in Ipswich which resulted in; a 19-year-old man from Ipswich being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug; a 28-year-old man from Ipswich being arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possession of Class B or C drug; a 28-year-old from Ipswich being arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug; and a 57-year-old man from Ipswich being arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B or C drug.

All four are currently in Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

- A warrant was conducted in Felixstowe and a 19-year-old man from Felixstowe was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images. He has since been bailed to return to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre on 19/04/16.

- A warrant was conducted in Bury St Edmunds and a 32-year-old man from Bury was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images. He has since been bailed to return to Bury Police Investigation Centre on 03/05/16.

Acting Inspector Andrew Martin, who ran the operation said: 'This operation successfully targeted criminals committing all types of offences across the county, ranging from drugs to motor offences, as well as helping to protect the vulnerable.

Pro-active days such as this send a clear message to those operating in Suffolk that their illegal actions will not be tolerated, and that we are dedicated to making Suffolk a safer place to live, work and visit.'