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Hunt for foreign criminals on Sussex roads
6:00pm Monday 22nd July 2013 in News
Police are looking to crack down on criminals using Sussex’s roads as they run a new operation.
Operation Trivium is a national campaign to crack down on offenders from outside the UK.
Police officers from Romania, Lithuania and Poland have come to Britain to help with the operation, which is aimed at catching travelling criminals who use the roads to avoid detection and move around the country.
Some travelling gangs are thought to be involved in volume offences such as shoplifting, fraud, metal theft and theft from motor vehicles – for instance of catalytic converters.
These criminal gangs move around the country and are not linked to individual or established communities.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We believe a whole host of offences are being committed by foreign drivers on the roads in Sussex.
“This operation is aimed at taking action against those members of the Eastern European community who are breaking the law and educating them about what they need to do to stay within the law.”
All this week officers in Sussex have been stopping vehicles linked to crime or foreign criminals or whose drivers could be committing offences.
On Monday a Slovakian national was arrested after he was stopped on the A259 Bexhill Road in St Leonards and gave a forged driving licence to police.
He was arrested on suspicion of using false identity documents, possessing forged documents, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
He was released on bail while officers carry out further inquiries.
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