Kent

Maidstone drivers targeted in police day of action

Two vehicles were seized and £3,500 in unpaid parking fines recovered in a Kent Police day of action in Maidstone.

More than 60 vehicles were stopped using auto number plate recognition in the eight-hour operation in Allington on Thursday.

One driver was arrested for possession of cannabis and another for breaching his bail conditions.

Two drivers were summonsed for having no insurance, and 10 fines issued for a variety of offences.

These included penalties for not wearing seatbelts, having no MOT and using a mobile phone while driving.

The stopped vehicles were checked by teams from Kent Police's dog section, motorbike team and drug enforcement sections.

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), the immigration service and environmental enforcement officers from Maidstone Borough Council were also involved in the operation.

Sgt Andy Miller said: "I am delighted with the success of today's operation which was set up to take a proactive and robust approach to those ignoring road laws."

VOSA issued 27 prohibitions for vehicle defects and three drivers were caught carrying waste without a licence, and could face fines of up to £300 each.

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