As part of the Met’s Autumn Nights initiative, officers from East Area Command Unit launched an operation to challenge and disrupt vehicle crime.
A vehicle stop site, using Automatic Number Plate Recognition [ANPR] technology was established at Straight Road, Harold Hill, where 35 vehicles were identified to be stopped delivering the following results:
Five vehicle searches were completed.
One person was issued with a Community Resolution notice for possession of Cannabis.
One person reported to be processed for traffic offences.
One vehicle was seized for being driven without insurance.
Five people were arrested for a variety of outstanding warrants including; vehicle theft, drug possession, failing to appear in court, immigration offences, driving offences and possession of an offensive weapon.
One of the vehicles failed to stop for police when indicated and following a short, authorised pursuit, the driver was arrested after colliding with a police vehicle on suspicion of being wanted for X2 Domestic ABH, failing to stop for police, Possession of a lock knife (offensive weapon),Dangerous driving, Disqualified Driving and no Insurance and attempted GBH (On police by ramming police vehicle).
He was taken to an east London police station where he was remained for court appearing at Barkingside Magistrates court on 06/11/2020 charged with the following offences –
1. Possess knife blade / sharp pointed article in a public place
2. Driving a motor vehicle dangerously
3. Driving whilst disqualified
4. Use a motor vehicle on a road / public place without third party insurance
Police Sergeant Louis Shuttleworth said: “Initiatives such as this deny illegal drivers the use of our roads, disrupt criminal activities in the area and make the road network safer for legal drivers.
“Keeping the pedestrian and road using public safe is a priority and to that end, traffic activity using ANPR will be a regular occurrence in Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham throughout the autumn and winter months.”
Do you know about someone who is involved in crime? If you have information that could help keep your community safe, but don’t want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call or I.P address.
Any young people who have information about violence or knife crime, can visit www.fearless.orgwhere they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.