Operation to clampdown on foreign criminals

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Nearly 60 people and more than 20 vehicles have been checked in Shirebrook as part of a national operation to target foreign criminals who travel the country’s roads.

Police officers and staff from the Department for Work and Pensions stationed themselves on Thursday, 18th July. They stopped 21 vehicles; five of which were UK registered and 16 of which were registered to Eastern European countries.

Fifty-seven people were checked and the DWP is making further inquiries into the status of several people’s benefit claims.

Two vehicles were seized and inquiries are continuing into three people whom police believe were driving without insurance and two people who were committing driving licence offences.

The checks were part of Operation Trivium, a week-long initiative which took place across the UK to gather intelligence on travelling criminals. Forces liaised with officers in other European countries as part of the operation.

Roads Policing Insp Benny Goodman said: “We want to reassure the public that we are working with our European counterparts to identify and tackle these gangs, who are committing crimes such as shoplifting, fraud and metal theft.”