Twelve face court in Notts ‘chop-shop-op’

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A police operation to target thieves who snatch 4x4s and then strip them down for parts may yield huge success as 12 men face charges in court.

Some 28 men were arrested and now 12 are to appear in court after the large-scale operation, targeting the theft of Land Rovers for parts.

Police have seen a rise in the number of 4x4s being stolen or stripped for parts in recent years, said Derbyshire Constabulary, leading to the launch of Operation Halston in a bid to combat the crime, and target anyone involved in the theft or sale of vehicles or parts.

The joint-operation between Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire police forces lasted 18 months, and resulting in the recovery of several vehicles and a large amount of parts which officers believe to have been stolen.

In total, 28 people were arrested as part of the inquiry and 12 will appear at Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 13.

The men are:

Gareth Houlden (36) and Darren Keeton (28), of Danewood Gardens, Sheffield

Karl Ray (28) of Thornborough Road, Sheffield

Andrew Roberts (39) of Winn Drive, Sheffield

Bradley Ellis (26) of Haigh Moor Way, Sheffield

Gavin Critchley (31) of Thorpe Drive, Waterthorpe

Simon Evans (30) of Richmond Road, Sheffield

Nathan Williams (33) of Sanderling Way, Mansfield

Peter Houghton (31) or Fellbrigg Road, Sheffield

Shaun Goodwin (44) of Southfields, Clowne

Aaron Wood (26) of Errington Road, Sheffield

Benjamin Stubbs (25), of Euston Way, Dinnington.

The men have been charged with conspiring to steal a motor vehicle, while Mr Wood has been summonsed for the same offence.