Man jailed following police crack down on road traffic crime and offences
A Long Eaton man has been jailed for 18 weeks after he was caught in a police operation to crack down on road traffic crime and offences. Officers from the Long Eaton Safer Neighbourhood Team ran the operation on Thursday, March 24th using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to identify suspicious vehicles being used in the town.
One such vehicle, a Citroen C4, was being driven by Graham Shreeves, 43 years, from Bracken Close in Long Eaton. Shreeves was a disqualified driver at the time of the stop and as a consequence appeared at South Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Friday, April 8th. The magistrates heard that in June last year Shreeves had received a suspended sentence for drink-driving and so they jailed him for 10 weeks and he received a further eight weeks for driving whilst disqualified and no insurance. He was also ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge and was disqualified from driving for a further 12 months. Officers seized the vehicle under Section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.
PC James Crookall from the team said: “We run these operations as we are very much aware that there are sections of the community that use vehicles to commit crime. We also know that some people are prepared to use vehicles when they are disqualified and subsequently with no insurance which is dangerous to other road users.
“The ANPR gives us access to intelligence held on certain vehicles and drivers, this then allows us to target our resources accordingly. In this case we were pleased that our actions stopped this individual from driving whilst disqualified and without insurance and he will, hopefully now be able to reflect on his actions.”
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