Two cars seized in police's 'biggest ever' road crime crackdown

The Bolton News: Police using ANPR technology in Operation Galileo Police using ANPR technology in Operation Galileo

TWO cars were seized in Greater Manchester Police's largest ever operation to remove criminals from the roads.

More than 250 police in more than 100 vehicles were drafted in for the operation - codenamed Galilieo - today, using automatic number plate recognition technology.

Police in Bolton were stationed on the A666 St Peter’s Way.

Two cars were seized because the drivers had no insurance or licence.

The cars were seized and displayed in Albert Square, Manchester — in a bid to show people that crime does not pay.

One person was summonsed to court for driving offences, while six crimes were recorded for traffic offences including speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile while driving.

Five drivers were advised on various issues including their speed and manner of driving.

Supt Craig Thompson, who was overseeing the operation, said: “We will not allow the safety of our roads to be compromised by criminals, and the purpose of today’s operation is to disrupt illegal activity and deny offenders the use of the roads.

“ANPR cameras are used to detect vehicles connected to crime, or those being driven illegally, and can scan more than 3,000 number plates an hour.

"There is a strong link between the illegal use of vehicles on the road and other types of serious crime, and we will use all equipment available to bring offenders to justice.

“Criminals can be assured that this is not just a one-off operation. Our officers patrol the roads 365 days of the year and will continue to target them.”

Police reaped rewards across the force with nearly 900 checks being carried out on vehicles, and 31 cars were seized for not being licensed, insured or taxed.

And eight people were arrested on suspicion of crimes including possession of drugs, possessing an offensive weapon and affray, and a cannabis farm was found in Whalley Range.

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5:39pm Thu 24 Apr 14

MarkAllRead says...

Isn't this level of policing supposed to be going on every day?
Isn't this level of policing supposed to be going on every day? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 17

5:53pm Thu 24 Apr 14

boltonnut says...

250 police officers,100 vehicles=2 seized cars,business is booming.
250 police officers,100 vehicles=2 seized cars,business is booming. boltonnut
  • Score: 20

5:59pm Thu 24 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

boltonnut wrote:
250 police officers,100 vehicles=2 seized cars,business is booming.
31 in total, 2 on the 666 I think.
[quote][p][bold]boltonnut[/bold] wrote: 250 police officers,100 vehicles=2 seized cars,business is booming.[/p][/quote]31 in total, 2 on the 666 I think. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 10

6:01pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Thatissowrong says...

Stop Press: police do their job.
Stop Press: police do their job. Thatissowrong
  • Score: 15

6:08pm Thu 24 Apr 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Next time I would like to see you up Daubhill!
Next time I would like to see you up Daubhill! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 41

7:23pm Thu 24 Apr 14

SleepingThunder says...

Does Bolton police have a traffic unit?
Does Bolton police have a traffic unit? SleepingThunder
  • Score: 11

9:37pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Citizen Cane says...

2 million uninsured drivers on the roads and 250 coppers can only catch 2? And the fine for no insurance is less than the cost of an insurance policy. You do the risk/benefit analysis.
2 million uninsured drivers on the roads and 250 coppers can only catch 2? And the fine for no insurance is less than the cost of an insurance policy. You do the risk/benefit analysis. Citizen Cane
  • Score: 10

10:30pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Wolfie190 says...

Just do as you please for the other 364 days of the year, what a joke do they want a pat on the back.
Just do as you please for the other 364 days of the year, what a joke do they want a pat on the back. Wolfie190
  • Score: 6

10:37pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Count de Monet says...

SleepingThunder wrote:
Does Bolton police have a traffic unit?
Bolton's traffic unit was based at Castle Street police station until the station closed at least 5 years ago. All Bolton's traffic officers & vehicles were moved to Leigh where they merged with Wigan's traffic unit.
[quote][p][bold]SleepingThunder[/bold] wrote: Does Bolton police have a traffic unit?[/p][/quote]Bolton's traffic unit was based at Castle Street police station until the station closed at least 5 years ago. All Bolton's traffic officers & vehicles were moved to Leigh where they merged with Wigan's traffic unit. Count de Monet
  • Score: 7

4:16am Fri 25 Apr 14

BoltonLancs says...

Can't see these operations being publicly funded, what with all the cut-backs. I mean, we've hardly got a decent road to drive on these days, roads that our road tax is supposed to pay for. Then suddenly 250 police and over 100 police cars turn up..lmao
Seriously, GMP PLC love insurance companies (and vice versa) and love, even more, extracting money in the way of fines from the people.
Finance rules; above anything.!
Can't see these operations being publicly funded, what with all the cut-backs. I mean, we've hardly got a decent road to drive on these days, roads that our road tax is supposed to pay for. Then suddenly 250 police and over 100 police cars turn up..lmao Seriously, GMP PLC love insurance companies (and vice versa) and love, even more, extracting money in the way of fines from the people. Finance rules; above anything.! BoltonLancs
  • Score: 2

7:15am Fri 25 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

why not display the cars on Victoria Square? Local crime, local shame etc. etc.
why not display the cars on Victoria Square? Local crime, local shame etc. etc. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 9

11:28am Fri 25 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

No Tax or No Insurance simple.

Remove the car, sell it and use the fund to build better roads
No Tax or No Insurance simple. Remove the car, sell it and use the fund to build better roads Jim271
  • Score: 5

6:27pm Fri 25 Apr 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
2 million uninsured drivers on the roads and 250 coppers can only catch 2? And the fine for no insurance is less than the cost of an insurance policy. You do the risk/benefit analysis.
I for 1 applaud GMP for this operation, why should people be driving around with no insurance or a licence, prompting higher insurance prices for all of us who abide by the law.

If you get done done for no insurance, it's a fine and a minimum of 6 points AND the insurance companies know you have previously been done when you get new insurance.

And re 2 million uninsured drivers, that's nationwide and doesn't equate to the same number of cars and certainly not just in GMP! Try taking up fishing, sometimes you catch nothing! But you do try to.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: 2 million uninsured drivers on the roads and 250 coppers can only catch 2? And the fine for no insurance is less than the cost of an insurance policy. You do the risk/benefit analysis.[/p][/quote]I for 1 applaud GMP for this operation, why should people be driving around with no insurance or a licence, prompting higher insurance prices for all of us who abide by the law. If you get done done for no insurance, it's a fine and a minimum of 6 points AND the insurance companies know you have previously been done when you get new insurance. And re 2 million uninsured drivers, that's nationwide and doesn't equate to the same number of cars and certainly not just in GMP! Try taking up fishing, sometimes you catch nothing! But you do try to. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 4

7:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mr.mark.c says...

From GMP
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Fifty four vehicles were seized across Greater Manchester yesterday for not being licensed, insured or taxed.

They were displayed on Albert Square in Manchester city centre, and included a number of high-performance makes such as BMW, Audi and Porsche.

Eleven arrests were made for offences including possession of Class A drugs, possession of an offensive weapon, assault and affray, and five others were arrested for outstanding warrants. Enquiries into one person led to the discovery of a cannabis farm at a property in Whalley Range.

In addition, police recovered two stolen vehicles and recorded 201 traffic offences for matters such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile while driving.

Ninety four motorists were also advised on their speed and manner of driving.
From GMP . Fifty four vehicles were seized across Greater Manchester yesterday for not being licensed, insured or taxed. They were displayed on Albert Square in Manchester city centre, and included a number of high-performance makes such as BMW, Audi and Porsche. Eleven arrests were made for offences including possession of Class A drugs, possession of an offensive weapon, assault and affray, and five others were arrested for outstanding warrants. Enquiries into one person led to the discovery of a cannabis farm at a property in Whalley Range. In addition, police recovered two stolen vehicles and recorded 201 traffic offences for matters such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile while driving. Ninety four motorists were also advised on their speed and manner of driving. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2

11:58pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Chrome1 says...

Oooh our coppers are so brave, sitting in a car with a scanner. Just a bunch of overpaid tax scroungers. Get some proper work done you bums.
Oooh our coppers are so brave, sitting in a car with a scanner. Just a bunch of overpaid tax scroungers. Get some proper work done you bums. Chrome1
  • Score: -5

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