April 7, 2009
vehicles seized in Burnham-On-Sea police operation
were the scenes outside Burnham-On-Sea's Tesco supermarket on
Monday (April 6th) when dozens of police held a police operation
operation focused on outstanding offenders, anti-social behaviour
and vehicles, which were either stolen, untaxed or uninsured.
key focus of the operation was monitoring routes into and out
of Burnham to deny criminals the use of the roads.
Number Plate recognition equipment was used at key routes into
Burnham, with vehicles stopped if they were believed to be stolen,
untaxed, uninsured or if it was believed they were in an unroadworthy
monitored routes including Coast Road at Brean, the A38 at West
Huntspill and Love Lane in Burnham, resulting in the issue of
eight fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for vehicles without insurance
or tax, and six vehicles being seized for being uninsured.
were also in holiday hotspots to provide crime reduction advice
and public reassurance for both tourists and local residents.
after the operation, Inspector Sam Williams told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Most people are law-abiding but there are a small number
who think they can engage in criminal activity and get away with
have been out today to ensure that the residents and visitors
to the area are safe over the holiday season and to identify and
target those persons who either live or visit with the intention
or inclination of committing crime and harming the communities
quality of life."
whilst on holiday crime is not something many think about, and
understandably so as this is a very low crime area, however with
a few simple measures and actions, we can make it even lower,
ensuring no opportunities exist for offences to be committed,
and promptly identifying and targeting those who may try regardless."
Williams went on to say: "Neighbourhood policing teams are
committed to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and the
local community can help us with that. I would encourage anyone
with information about people or places they believe are involved
in crime to come forward and contact police. When we receive information
we will act upon it wherever we can. Anyone
with information should contact Avon & Somerset police on
0845 456 7000."
forms the first of many operations over the coming months whereby,
on top of the everyday work being completed across the area, I
will bring together all our available Resources, Support and Partners
across the Neighbourhood Area to tackle a particular issue identified
by the Community, through the Partners and Communities Together
process, as affecting their quality of life."
operations will be undertaken in the future.