Two drivers arrested in Northumberland during police operation targeting rural crime

Two drivers suspected of being behind the wheel while intoxicated have been arrested in Northumberland.

By Ian Smith
Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 12:58 pm

Police arrested the motorists on Monday as part of a joint operation in Northumberland between police officers, volunteers and partners.

It was part of another Operation Checkpoint day of action that took place alongside partners to target suspected criminal activity in rural communities.

It saw Northumbria Police join with partners including Northumberland County Council and the Environmental Agency and resulted in a total of 35 vehicles being stopped from Alnwick to Rochester.

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Northumbria Police and partners carried out a day of action targeting suspected criminal activity in rural areas.

Of those vehicles stopped, one driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and a second was arrested on suspicion of drug driving.

Police also issued a number of warnings to drivers for vehicle defects, speeding and minor driving offences.

Previous days of action have seen poachers arrested and stolen vehicles and goods seized and returned to owners.

Sergeant Ian Pattison, one of the leading Northumbria Police officers on the operation, said: “This was another fantastic result and was only possible thanks to the on-going support by partners and our rural crime volunteers.

“Their consistent dedication is outstanding and by assisting officers we are able to strengthen our resources and ensure our rural communities remain supported and listened to.

"Our hand-in-hand work alongside partners will continue so we can effectively reduce rural crime and strengthen community confidence.

“I know that rural crime doesn’t only impact people’s work but their whole lives can be affected too. This is why I hope these operations reassure those living in the countryside that Northumbria Police is committed to keeping these communities safe.”

The two drivers arrested have both since been charged.

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