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Police crackdown on driving offences in Saddleworth

Last week, the Saddleworth Neighbourhood Policing Team, in conjunction with the Specialist Operations Department of Greater Manchester Police and various partner agencies, conducted a two-day traffic enforcement operation across the Saddleworth area, in response to community concerns.

This close liaison resulted in a very successful operation, leading to fixed penalty tickets being issued and vehicles seized for a variety of offences, including the use of mobile phones whilst driving, no insurance, no seatbelts, no MOT or tax, fuel duty evasion and number plate offences. Additionally, nearly £3000 was collected in unpaid fines where warrants were issued.

Bash Anwar, the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Saddleworth said “ I would like to thank Sergeant Neil Barker from Saddleworth Police and PC Jonathan Griffiths from Specialist Operations for their work in organising this complex operation, bringing together numerous external partners to address the concerns of our Saddleworth residents. A number of student police officers also worked over both days, gaining invaluable experience of dealing with members of the public for traffic matters and taking offending vehicles off the road, thus making the area safer for those drivers who abide by the law. There are plans to continue such operations in the future, sending a clear message out that we will not tolerate those who flout the rules. I would also like to thank members of the public for their patience over the two days.”

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