Police safety checks in Essex uncover 55 offences

More than 50 offences were uncovered during safety checks on light goods vehicles by Essex Police.

The checks, involving HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Trading Standards, took place near Harlow on Thursday.

Police found 27 people using mobile phones while driving, eight driving without seatbelts and nine vehicles with mechanical faults.

A further 11 offences were detected during the checks.

Three overweight vehicles were stopped from continuing their journeys and a total of £3,410 was collected in fines.

Fifteen people are facing inquiries by the DWP into their benefit claims.

One vehicle stopped was believed to be involved in a suspected theft of scrap metal in Essex and inquiries are continuing.

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