Police seize cars in St Albans number recognition operation

PUBLISHED: 16:17 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:03 06 May 2010

A POLICE operation to target criminals has led to the arrest of three motorists in St Albans. The offenders – arrested for fraud, driving while disqualified and driving under the influence of alcohol respectively – were caught by Automatic Number Plate Re

A POLICE operation to target criminals has led to the arrest of three motorists in St Albans.

The offenders - arrested for fraud, driving while disqualified and driving under the influence of alcohol respectively - were caught by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology at three sites in St Albans.

ANPR aims to deny criminals the ability to move freely around the county.

As well as the arrests, six vehicles were seized for driving without insurance and 17 Fixed Penalty Notice were handed out for various offences in the St Albans area.

Inspector Andy Piper, ANPR manager for Herts, said that the clampdown, nicknamed Operation Dagwood, had been a great success.

He added: "ANPR has proved itself an invaluable tool in helping us specifically target offenders.

"We will be looking to increase our ANPR activity across the county in the coming months and results like these should send out a clear message that roads in Herts are a no-go area for criminals."

Operation Dagwood is set to continue into early April at various sites in St Albans.

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