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Police achieve success in weeklong Operation Trivium campaign

Throughout Monday 15 May and Friday 19 May, officers in Warwickshire took part in a week long operation called Trivium. The multi agency operation targeting foreign national offenders who cross borders for modern day slavery, theft, drugs and other criminal activity; stopped numerous vehicles, seized 15 and arrested 3 people.

A range of other agencies including HM Revenue and Customs, Trading Standards, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and County Council Animal Welfare unit provided specialist support to the operation.

On the first day of the operation at the M6 Corley Services, police stopped 36 goods vehicles; these included nine Polish, seven Romanian, four British, four Hungarian, four Irish, and two Slovenian, two German and French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish nationals. Two were processed for committing driver's hours and road levy offences.

Within the same day, officers from Rugby Safer Neighbourhood Team visited three car washes in which a 23 year old man from Albania was arrested on suspicion of illegal entry into the UK and handed to the Home Office's immigration team.  

On Tuesday 16 May, officers from Warwickshire OPU (Operations Policing Unit) carried out searches along the A46 between Evesham and Alcester. This resulted in seven vehicles being seized for driving with no insurance, two of which were foreign nationals from Romania.

On the Thursday of the operation, four officers riding motorbikes with ANPR capability patrolled areas in Stratford-upon-Avon and were able to check 400 vehicles, 8 of these were seized for no insurance along with two arrests.

Sergeant Jem Mountford of Warwickshire Police, said, "I am extremely happy with the successful results we have been able to achieve over the week long operation.

"The operations were set up to catch offenders who are using our roads and borders to commit offences, by working in partnership with other agencies, we have been able to detect a number of offences and prevent further criminal activity. The message is clear; you will be caught and brought to justice.

"I would like to give a special thank you to all officers that worked tirelessly on these operations as without them we would have not been able to achieve this.

"Although the operation was only a week long, work will still continue to catch offenders who are breaking the law and using our roads to engage in illegal activity such as modern day slavery. If you have any concerns or would like to report anything suspicious, please contact police on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Issued: 11:24am, Wednesday 31 May 2017, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications


Published 31/05/17