Cars checked for speeding in police op

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MORE than 1,000 vehicles have been stopped in the Morpeth area as police target speeding motorists.

During September, officers carried out spot checks on 15 different occasions in areas where the public have raised concerns.

The checks were carried out at Scots Gap, Mitford Road, the A196 (Green Lane, Morpeth), Cambo, Hebron, Hartburn, Widdrington, Hepscott, Cresswell and Acklington.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “In total 1,080 vehicle checks were carried out, resulting in nine warnings and two summons being issued for a variety of offences.

“The checks were carried out in areas where residents have raised concerns.

“The officers’ presence has been a visible deterrent and the extra patrols were stepped up in the Cambo and Scots Gap areas in particular to provide a deterrent to speeding motorbikes at weekends when it has been dry.”

In addition to the speed checks, the neighbourhood policing team has worked alongside HM Customs and Excise and VOSA to conduct road checks on vehicles in urban and rural areas for illegal ‘red diesel’ fuel, road traffic offences, stolen goods and to gather intelligence.

In total 40 vehicles were stopped and checked in different locations across the Morpeth sector, with four prohibition notices issued by VOSA and two drivers receiving on the spot £500 fines for having illegal red diesel in their fuel tanks.

Acting Inspector Wilmore-Greaves added: “We listen to and act on concerns and take a robust approach to any issues brought to our attention.”