Tunbridge Wells police use automatic number plate technology to ID vehicle crime suspects

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By kentsussex | Thursday, January 31, 2013, 11:07

Kent Police's cross-border rural crime operation was held on Sunday evening, to target offenders operating in rural communities in Kent.

Utilising neighbourhood officers, special constables and officers from the force's rural crime team, road checks were held across four policing districts on 27 January; Tunbridge Wells, Swale, Ashford and Maidstone. 

This was the third time that the operation has been run, and is now held regularly to identify people suspected of crimes that affect rural communities, such as oil theft and poaching.

Road checks were used to gain intelligence around suspicious activity in rural communities. In Teynham and Doddington, officers stopped two vehicles, both occupied by men who were known to police. 

Both vehicles contained hunting equipment and the men were given a direction to leave the area.

In Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone, officers used automatic number plate technology to identify vehicles suspected of being involved in crime. 

In Harrietsham a vehicle was seized from a driver as it was believed to have been used in crime, and the driver was reported for summons for traffic offences.

Officers were joined on the operation by both the Environment Agency and the RSPCA, and two people summonsed to court for fishing without a licence in the east of the county.

Inspector Sonia Lassnig from Kent Police explained: 'This operation was once again a great success, and was a really valuable intelligence gathering operation, where we stopped a number of people who were known to police and disrupted activity that has an impact on the rural communities across Kent. 

'The feedback we have received from the communities we have been running the operation in has been really positive and we will continue to run it to ensure that crime is not only detected, but also deterred.'



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