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Operation Hercules/Ultimate Dubs

On 11 and 12 March 2017, West Mercia Police Special Constables supported Operation Hercules/Ultimate Dubs which sought to identify any issues relating to the loud exhausts/loud music coming from vehicles, as well as concerns about speeding around Telford town centre.

These have resulted in anti-social behaviour (ASB) where people acted in a manner that has "caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons".

On both days the Special Constabulary Operational Policing Unit (OPU Specials) worked with local policing teams and the Force Ops Tasking Team, with the volunteers performing high visibility patrols around the town centre. The focus of the initiative was to provide relevant education for and interaction with members of the public.

Special Constables used powers under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 which gives police the basis for dealing with the anti-social use of vehicles. Special Constables were also able to call on the use of an automatic number plate recognition car (ANPR), which assisted in the identification of vehicles which had expired Vehicle Excise Licences (VEL)/MOTs, as well as those with no insurance. Other offences identified were around vehicles with number plate offences.

Over the two days, OPU Specials seized six vehicles for insurance/expired VEL offences. They issued Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme tickets for faults found on examined vehicles, and they also issued notifications for number plate offences.

As a result of the initiative, a number of vehicles were stopped, and education and advice were provided to those who were responsible for the offences.

No ASB was reported during the two days and officers taking part in the operation regarded it as a great result and a positive engagement with the public.