by John Hendon
POLICE and partners in Warrington joined forces for a special operation targeting drivers in the borough.
The multi-agency operation involved officers from Warrington South Neighbourhood Policing Unit working alongside officials from Trading Standards, Warrington Borough Council's Public Protection Department, HM Revenue and Customs and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
They carried out roadside checks on vehicles passing through Stockton Heath over a three hour period.
The combined efforts of all agencies resulted in a total of 32 vehicles being stopped.
Of the vehicles stopped, 28 checks were carried out by VOSA and all was in order. Twenty checks were also carried out by HMRC, resulting in one driver being issued an on the spot fine of £500 for the use of red diesel.
Two waste carrier checks were also carried out by council officials and all was in order.
Police officers also carried out checks on passing motorists including ensuring they were wearing a seat belt while driving and ensuring they were not using a mobile phone while driving.
Sergeant Ian Robinson, of Warrington South NPU, said: "This joint operation is another excellent example of successful partnership working within the local community. A lot of different elements were brought together as part of the operation and it was a great success. But our work does not end here and our efforts will continue. We are committed to working with our partners to reinforce the rules of the road."