Crackdown on rural crime

PUBLISHED: 14:31 21 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:29 15 June 2010

UNINSURED vehicles were seized and a motorist using red diesel was fined £700 as a result of a major police operation led by officers from Honiton.

UNINSURED vehicles were seized and a motorist using red diesel was fined £700 as a result of a major police operation led by officers from Honiton.More than 25 officers took part in the three-day operation, held earlier this month. Traffic and dog handling units were joined by the Target Policing Team, based in Exmouth, and officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Dorset Police.The aim was to reduce thefts from outbuildings in rural areas.Honiton's Rural Neighbourhood Beat Manager PC Clive Vickery told the Herald: "Previously, during this time of year and leading up to the Christmas period, rural East Devon has been targeted for outbuilding burglaries and theft of farm machinery. "To try and prevent this happening, and because of concerns raised through the PACT (Partners and Communities Together) process relating to the issue of improving police visibility and increasing public reassurance, this operation was instigated. "The operation was a success with a large number of vehicles and persons stop checked. "No related crime was recorded in the Rural East Devon area during the operation, although some vehicles were seized for having no insurance and one seized for using red diesel on a public road which led to a fine of over £700. "The Neighbourhood Policing Team at Honiton will be continuing this operation in November and December to reassure the rural community of Honiton.


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