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New ANPR cameras focus on criminals in North Yorkshire

Police tracking travelling criminals in North Yorkshire have used a grant from the Home Office to buy more vehicle number plate recognition cameras.

Senior officers in the county said they have added eight fixed cameras, five moveable cameras and seven in-car cameras.

The cameras work by scanning vehicle registration plates and checking them against databases.

The force seized uninsured vehicles worth more than £307,880 in 2010.

Last year, North Yorkshire Police's Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) team seized 380 vehicles for insurance and licence offences, arrested 123 people on suspicion of a number of offences including theft, drug offences and driving offences.

More than 1,000 people were summonsed to court for a variety of offences and 749 fixed penalty notices were issued.

Sgt Ian Butler, who is in charge of the ANPR team said: " This latest investment sends a clear warning to criminals that North Yorkshire Police is determined to keep them out of our county. We don't want them here and we will do everything in our power to stop them.

"In these times of austerity measures it is vital that we make the best use of our available resources."

Officers said the system was "intelligence based" and flagged up vehicles linked to criminality.

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