Police target criminals from out of town

TRAVELLING criminals were the target of an operation conducted by Bexhill police.

Thursday, 6th October 2005, 4:15 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:22 pm

'Operation Wheel' is aimed at deterring the thieves from as far afield as Hampshire and Kent who descend on the town intent on easy pickings.

Officers from Bexhill's Neighbourhood Policing Team and Rother CID, spent the day removing untaxed and unlicensed cars - thus depriving the criminals of their means of transport.

Uninsured vehicles were also targeted, and police spent time gathering valuable intelligence on illegal activities in the town.

Police towed away seven untaxed vehicles in Glyne Gap, and a further four in Sidley, later in the evening.

Six people were reported for motoring offences.

Inspector Dick Coates, of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said the highly visible operation would do much to inspire public confidence.

He said: "It gives reassurance to the public that we are out there and acting. If the criminals see a good police presence then they might think twice.

"We seem to have criminals from Kent and Hampshire coming into the area committing crime such as burglaries, distraction burglaries and theft from out - buildings.

"Research shows that travelling criminals don't insure and don't tax their cars and as a result we can get a lot of their vehicles."

Police will be conducting further operations over the coming weeks.