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Cross-border police forces target rural crime

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Media captionHundreds of vehicles were stopped during Operation Checkpoint

Police forces across the north of England joined up with their counterparts across the Scottish border to target travelling criminals.

During Operation Checkpoint on Tuesday, hundreds of vehicles were stopped.

Seven were seized, 17 motorists fined for a variety of offences, and three people were arrested.

It followed intelligence that showed organised crime groups were moving across county borders to steal goods, predominantly from rural communities.

More than 80 officers from the North Yorkshire, Durham, Cleveland, Cumbria, Northumbria forces, Scotland and the British Transport Police, took part.

Of the seven vehicles seized, six were for no insurance, and one was suspected of being involved in crime.

The 17 offences included having no insurance, MOT, or road tax; speeding, and cannabis possession.

In North Yorkshire, two men were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation after suspected counterfeit notes were passed to a retailer, and one on suspicion of burglary.

All have since been bailed pending further inquiries.

Insp Richard Quinn, from Cumbria Constabulary, said: "It is important we work across force boundaries to reduce thefts as criminals often travel from county to county."

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