Twelve people have been arrested during a week-long operation to tackle theft from curtain sided lorries.
Officers from the East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOPSS), which is a collaboration of officers from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, took part in Operation Barric between Monday 21 November and Friday 25 November.
Officers patrolled the M1 and the main roads through the East Midlands, stretching as far as South Yorkshire and Bedfordshire, targeting lorry thieves. West and South Yorkshire Police also helped with one of the vehicle stops.
‘Operation Barric’ was set up in response to an increase in lorries being attack at lorry parks and laybys across the East Midlands. EMOpSS Officers from Road Crime Teams, Automatic Number Plate Recognition experts, Tactical Roads Policing Teams, dog units and force control rooms worked together to share information and intelligence, link crimes to vehicles and suspects using the roads of the East Midlands region. As a result;
22 November 2016Three people from Leeds were arrested on the M1 in Northamptonshire. They were arrested in connection with lorry thefts. A van was recovered in Derbyshire which is believed to be stolen. They were all released on bail pending further enquiries. A 44 year old man from Essex was arrested on suspicion of theft from motor vehicle and released on bail.Three other people from Leeds were arrested on the M1 in Northamptonshire on suspicion of theft from motor vehicles and released on police bail. 29 November 2016Five men from Leeds were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal. Two vehicles were also recovered that police believe were being driven with stolen number plates. They were released on police bail.Sergeant Jon Hoddle from the Tactical Roads Policing Team (TRPT) said; “We’ve arrested a significant number of people from outside the East Midlands who we believe are traveling into our area to commit crime. Operation Barric is an ongoing operation designed to stop and arrest people who use our road network to commit crime thinking they won’t be caught. It doesn’t matter where you are from, if you are committing crime in our area we will make every effort to catch you and put you before the courts.”