Forces combine to cut motorway crime

PUBLISHED: 10:08 08 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 31 May 2010

POLICE from Essex and Hertfordshire forces collaborated to run a joint operation at the Birchanger Services on the M11. The forces have been working in close partnership this week to crack down on crime at the service station, which lies close to the Hert

POLICE from Essex and Hertfordshire forces collaborated to run a joint operation at the Birchanger Services on the M11.

The forces have been working in close partnership this week to crack down on crime at the service station, which lies close to the Hertfordshire border in Essex.

Essex Police Chief Inspector Graham Stubbs oversaw the operation with his Hertfordshire Police counterpart, Chief Inspector Richard Harbon.

Chf Insp Stubbs said: "There is a reasonable amount of crime that takes place at the services - either people driving off without paying for their fuel, or theft from vehicles.

"There are also travelling criminals, who may well use Birchanger Services as a stop-off point.

"We've been using ANPR technology - Automatic Number-plate Recognition - which links with our intelligence system and allows us to recognise suspicious vehicles."

Following the Government's scrapped proposal to merge forces in the area, police forces across the country have been encouraged to work in closer collaboration.

Chf Insp Stubbs said: "This is the first time that we've worked in conjunction with Hertfordshire Police at the Birchanger Services.

"It's a strong step towards developing working relationships, best practice and intelligence sharing.

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