Foreign criminals using Northamptonshire’s roads are being targeted in a police operation.
Officers from Northamptonshire Police are this week taking part in a national campaign called Operation Trivium – which is held every year to target criminals who travel around Britain committing crimes.
The operation focuses on foreign registered vehicles with the aim of tracking down travelling criminals and preventing their activities.
Such gangs are thought to be involved in shoplifting, fraud, metal theft and thefts from vehicles.
Police officers from Romania, Lithuania and Poland have travelled to the UK to assist the police in tracking them down.
Sergeant Tony Hopkins from Northamptonshire’s road policing unit said: “During this campaign, officers from Northamptonshire will carry out roadside checks to establish if the occupants of vehicles are wanted by the police in their home countries.
“Operations will be held across the county as well as on the area’s motorway network.”
The national policing lead for roads policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, added: “The UK roads network is being used by criminals to carry out their misdeeds while avoiding detection.
“Their actions have a terrible impact on the communities they pass through and the businesses they target.
“This operation seeks to disrupt such activity by identifying perpetrators, detaining them and ultimately bringing them to justice. We want to make the UK roads network a hostile place for these criminal gangs and protect the public from the devastation they can cause.
“We are working with colleagues from Europe to identify, locate and tackle these gangs and use the best intelligence and resources we have to detect and prevent crime and bring those responsible to justice.”