Freight vehicles stopped in police road checks in Kent

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Other law enforcement agencies joined the police forces in the road safety operation

More than 140 commercial vehicles have been inspected and over £8,000 in fines taken in a road check scheme in Kent.

Officers from eight other police forces travelled to the county to join Kent Police in a concerted effort to crack down on freight vehicle crime.

The inspections at four locations in Kent focused on unroadworthy foreign lorries, stolen goods including heavy machinery, and bogus workmen.

Illegal immigrants and vehicle defects were also being sought.

Other law enforcement agencies including the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and the UK Border Agency (UKBA) joined police officers in the road safety and crime detection operation on Thursday.

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