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Car crush crackdown on criminals

POLICE are targeting cars used for criminal activity as part of a clampdown on vehicles without tax or insurance.

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SERGEANT Mark Porter, PCSO Matt Thornton and PC John Walsh at work at the DVLA centre.

POLICE are targeting cars used for criminal activity as part of a clampdown on vehicles without tax or insurance.

Officers have towed away 82 vehicles since the operation, organised by the DVLA and community support officer Ron Fielding, was launched four weeks ago.

Vehicles without tax and insurance are clamped by the DVLA and taken away to a compound.

The owners are ordered to pay a £200 fine to have their vehicles returned and if they don't make the payment the vehicle can be crushed.

Of the 82 picked up so far, just 36 owners have paid the fine.

A total of 15 vehicle owners have also been found to have no insurance.

Sergeant Mark Porter of Accrington Police said: "A lot of vehicles which are used by criminals don't have the necessary documents and insurance."

"We are not targeting people who have forgotten to tax their car after two days, we are going after the career criminal.''

Mr Fielding added: "People who sell drugs and burgle houses don't tax and insure their cars. The whole point of this is to target criminals' cars."

"Also, if people with no insurance are involved in an accident then the other person involved is going to have a great deal of difficulty in making a claim."