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Suffolk Police agencies crack down on crime in Ipswich day of action – which saw three arrests made and nearly 50 traffic reports issued





Three arrests were made, 40 cars were stopped and a large amount of cocaine was seized in a single day as part of a crime crackdown in and around Ipswich.

A Suffolk Police operation conducted on Wednesday sought to tackle and disrupt crime, including from organised groups involved in cross-county offences.

They also sought to focus on driver safety and were on the lookout for the ‘fatal four’ motoring offences – drink or drug driving, using a mobile phone, speeding and not wearing a seatbelt.

The police day of action was on Wednesday. Picture: iStock
The police day of action was on Wednesday. Picture: iStock

Forty vehicles were stopped in one day, a spokesman for Suffolk Police said.

During one stop and search at Copdock, officers seized 70 bags of cocaine. Klainti Sek, 28, was later charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Two separate incidents saw suspected drug-drivers arrested, including one on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs and driving while disqualified.

Of the vehicles stopped, five were seized and six were cleared and let go.

Officers also conducted checks at a truck stop at Copdock Mill Interchange, where they believed vehicles involved in crime were being brought.

Anyone suspected of being involved in criminal activity, or any vehicles with defects, were stopped.

In total, 49 traffic reports were filed, made of up 12 insecure loads; 11 tinted windows; five vehicles with no insurance; four for carrying dangerous goods; four with no MOT; two for using a mobile phone; and two not wearing a seatbelt.

Also, 57 speeding offences were clocked by officers with traffic cameras.

In addition, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) took eight vehicles off the road immediately and ordered three delayed prohibitions.

HM Revenue & Customs challenged 21 people, checking for illegal fuel, but no breaches were recorded.

Finally, CDER Group collected £3,446 in outstanding fines.

The day of action was led by the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, who joined forces with the Road Casualty Reduction Team, Commercial Vehicle Unit, Sentinel Team and Local Policing Team.

Officers from the Modern Day Slavery Team and the Safety Camera Team were also involved.

Sergeant Richard Starkey, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “These days of action provide us with a great opportunity to detect vehicles with defects and remove unsafe vehicles from the roads, while also enforcing the ‘fatal four’ main causes of fatal or serious collisions.

“Another aim of these days is to identify anyone using the road network to commit more serious crimes, and so the arrest of someone on suspicion of possessing cocaine with intent to supply is particularly pleasing.

“The number of offending drivers or vehicles with defects was considerably lower than we have detected working from this location previously, which I hope is a sign that the messages of our regular road safety campaigns and days of action are beginning to get through to people.”