116 vehicles stopped in Police operation in Swindon

Increasing public safety and reducing vehicle related antisocial behaviour were the key objectives of a recent Specials operation.

The operation took place near Greenbridge, Swindon, from 7pm until midnight on Friday 31 March.

The aim was to address concerns of the public with a proactive approach to reduce speeding and motoring offences.

26 Specials took part in the operation which included speed checks, Automatic Number plate Recognition (ANPR) and vehicle checks.

During the course of the evening special constables stopped 116 vehicles.

The results of the operation are as follows:

  • 71 words of advice given to drivers about excess speed and vehicle defects.
  • One driver reported to court for excess speed, travelling 79mph in a 40mph area.
  • One driver arrested for driving whilst disqualified and wanted on warrant, the vehicle was seized.
  • One driver arrested for driving whilst disqualified and wanted on warrant. Vehicle seized.
  • 16 x Endorsable Fixed Penalty notices issued for excess speed.
  • 11 x Vehicle Defect Rectification notices issued.
  • One Cannabis Street Warning for possession of Cannabis.
  • One fixed penalty ticket of £300 fine and 6 points issued for no insurance.

Special Sergeant Peter Jones, who led the operation, said “Operations like this are really important to the public and the Force.

“Listening to community concerns, local CPT officers highlighted the public’s worries about excess speeding and anti-social driving on Drakes Way in Swindon.

“As volunteer police officers who give up their time for free Specials have greater capacity to support the Force with large operations like this, and we were happy to help get the message out that speeding and antisocial driving is not acceptable.

“I was delighted to be joined by so many Specials to help enforce this important crime prevention message.”