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Untaxed vehicles removed from streets in joint operation with police

Council and democracy

Wednesday, 24 January 2024
One of the vehicles seized during an operation in Newport

Untaxed vehicles have been removed from Middlesbrough streets as the battle against crime and antisocial behaviour continues.

Middlesbrough Council’s Environmental Neighbourhood Safety Team joined Cleveland Police for the operation as part of a nationwide Neighbourhood Policing Week.

Nine vehicles were seized in Newport after being found to be untaxed. Police also recovered two vehicles for traffic offences.

Tuesday’s action was the latest in a series of operations targeting vehicles that blight communities.

Councillor Janet Thompson, Executive member for Community Safety, said: “It’s great to see our officers once again using their legal powers alongside Cleveland Police to tackle this issue.

“We will always be on the side of law-abiding people and will work with our partners to clamp down on vehicles that can cause a nuisance.”

Cleveland Police’s Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Policing Team joined the operation and two people were summonsed to court.

A 28-year old woman was summonsed for driving without insurance and an 18-year-old man was summonsed for driving not in accordance with a licence. Both had their vehicles seized.

Neighbourhood officer, PC Jamal Khan said: “Neighbourhood officers will continue to work with partner agencies to improve road safety, target dangerous vehicles and those who do not abide by the law.

“Yesterday’s operation saw success with untaxed and uninsured vehicles seized and two people summonsed in connection with alleged driving offences.”