Eight held after police crackdown on Isle of Man

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Eight people have been arrested by police on the Isle of Man in a week-long targeted crackdown on crime.

The operation involved highly-visible officers being stationed at Douglas Sea Terminal from 1 to 8 October.

Drug detection dogs screened both passengers and their luggage arriving on the island in an effort to disrupt and deter criminal activity.

The suspects were held for assault, drugs offences, failing to appear in court and non-payment of court fines.

The operation also targeted road users, with the Road Policing Unit stopping 88 vehicles and 16 cyclists.

Verbal warnings and fixed penalty notices were given for offences, which included not wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving, and defective tyres.

A force spokesman said it was acting on information given to them by the public.

Sgt Richards, who co-ordinated the operation, said: "Importantly, day-to-day policing has been unaffected by the increased activity.

"Its success has been due to the flexibility of the Neighbourhood Policing teams and specialist police departments all working towards the same goal, keeping people safe."

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