Agencies launch street crackdown

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A man who was stopped during a police
check in Edinburgh had been driving
without a licence for 10 years.

The Zimbabwean man was one of five
motorists who were found to be without a
licence in over five hours of checks by
officials from various state bodies.

Twelve cars were seized and prohibition        Police detected a series of traffic
                                               offences during the checks
notices served on two unfit vehicles.

Six people were also caught for benefit fraud, including three young "able-
bodied" men who were found to be claiming incapacity benefit.

Officers carried out checks on Seafield Road, from 0800 BST until 1330 BST.

A number of agencies, including the                         This has been a
Department for Work and Pensions, (DWP),                 successful initiative
Vehicle and Operator Services Agency                     and is a good
                                                         haul for four five
(Vosa) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing     hours work
Agency (DVLA).
                                                Ch Insp Brian Plastow
The DVLA impounded three vehicles which had false number plates and nine
people were charged with driving without insurance.

There were also five other miscellaneous charges, including carrying
unsecured children.

Ch Insp Brian Plastow, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This has been a
successful initiative and is a good haul for four five hours' work.

"It is also an eye opener for the public and a very good flavour of how many
people are driving without licences and vehicles that are unfit for the road,
especially when you consider this was only conducted on one road for five
hours.

"This operation is part of a series of partnership community safety initiatives
in Edinburgh and demonstrates our commitment towards ensuring public
safety and dealing with those who break the law.

"And by conducting a multi-agency approach it ensured we cast our net as
wide as possible in terms of identifying offenders."



BBC 26 September 2007

				
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