More than 100 vehicles stopped and four arrested for drug driving in police operation between Shrewsbury and Oswestry

Four people have been arrested in connection with drug driving offences after a police swoop saw more than 100 vehicles stopped between Shrewsbury and Oswestry yesterday morning.

Police made four arrests for drug driving offences. Picture: LPPT North - West Mercia Police
Police made four arrests for drug driving offences. Picture: LPPT North - West Mercia Police

The operation at Nesscliffe also resulted in four vehicles being seized, 13 tyre offences being discovered and 20 prohibitions.

It involved West Mercia Police’s operations policing unit and local policing priorities team along with officers from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), HMRC, Environment Agency and Animal Welfare.

Shropshire Safer Communities, Chief Inspector, Sarah Corteen said: “Making our roads safer is a priority for us and our work to reduce the number of deaths or serious injuries caused on our roads is constantly on-going. We know the four most common causes of a collision where someone is killed or seriously injured are using a mobile phone while driving, speeding, drink/drug driving or not wearing a seatbelt and having a visible police presence on the road can help stop those whose driving is a risk to either themselves or other road users.

“Working in partnership with DVSA means we can seize vehicles that are not fit for the road. If the vehicle is not roadworthy, not taxed or the driver is not insured we will seize it and take it off the road, making the road safer for all road users.

“These vehicle checks are also an effective way of denying criminals using the road network to travel through our county to commit crime by disrupting them and their criminal activity. We know most of our rural crime is committed by criminals travelling into our county and will do all we can to disrupt and deter them from coming here to commit crime.”

LPPT North - West Mercia Police tweeted: "Multi agency operation this morning with @OPUShropshire @MerciaFCIU in Nesscliffe. Numerous vehicles checked with a variety offences and vehicle seizures as well as 4 arrests."

Collision Investigation West Mercia added: "Results: 4 drug drive arrests, 4 vehicles seized, 1 red diesel, 13 clear tyre offences and many 'just about' legal, disqualified driving, 3 dangerous condition, 4 insecure load, 3 excess weight, (and many more) plus 20 prohibitions."

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