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Safer Roads & Rural Crime Operation - 15 arrests following cross border operation on the 25th and 26th of March 2019.

West Mercia Police, West Midlands Police and Staffordshire Police conduct a cross border operation.

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Over the nights of Monday the 25th of March and Tuesday the 26th of March 2019, West Mercia Police joined forces with officers from Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Police to carry out the initiative.

The operation, led by West Mercia Police in response to rural crime in Bridgnorth and criminals travelling through the county to commit crime, saw more than 200 vehicles stopped.

Five people were arrested in connection with theft offences and two people were arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply.

During the operation nine vehicles were seized for no insurance and seven people arrested for driving under the influence of either drink or drugs.

Bridgnorth Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant, Chris Thomas, said: "It's been great that we've been able to work closely with our neighbouring forces to target those criminals who think they can travel throughout the region and into our county to commit crime.

"By working together we've been able to share information to make sure we are sending a clear message to those who are causing the most harm in our communities."

The two day operation follows previous operations carried out in Bridgnorth and Craven Arms targeting criminals travelling into rural areas to commit crime.

Sgt Thomas added: "I hope our rural communities feel reassured about the work we're doing to disrupt criminals and help keep them and their property safer."

Travelling criminals are often part of a wider crime network. West Mercia Police is running its Protect campaign aimed at targeted crime networks involved in serious and organised crime.

Similar operations are being planned for other areas of South Shropshire to take place in the coming months.

If you want to report criminal activity, anti-social behaviour or any suspicious incidents, please call the Police on the 101 non-emergency number and one of our call handlers will take the information and deal with it appropriately.  If you want to report a crime that is actually taking place, or another emergency that requires an urgent Police response, please call 999 immediately.

You can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous, or use their online reporting form

You can email your Safer Neighbourhood Team by following this link to the West Mercia Website and choosing your area for your teams contact details, but be aware that this email address should not be used to report an incident that requires an urgent Police answer as it is not monitored 24 hours a day.

You can also follow your Safer Neighbourhood Team on Twitter for updates to this story and others for the area.


Published 28/03/19