Operation Tank update
21 December 2012
Officers have carried out almost 400 vehicle checks in West
Norfolk since the start of December as part of Operation Tank.
Op Tank was launched across the district on Monday 3 December to
combat rural crime – mainly diesel, heating oil and scrap metal
Officers worked closely with VOSA, HMRC and the Environment
Agency during several high profile roadside operations and during
the 382 vehicle checks, three were seized for using red diesel and
one driver was found to be driving with no insurance.
As part of a separate incident, three men were arrested on
suspicion of theft and several drums of diesel were seized after
alarms sounded at an address in Leziate. The men have been bailed
pending further enquiries.
There have been extra staff drafted in, including the Special
Constabulary, who have been carrying out patrols in vulnerable
Several hundred specially designed crime prevention packs have
been handed out to previous victims and vulnerable locations.
The focus of the operation will now shift mainly to the southern
and western parts of West Norfolk – from the Terrington and Walpole
areas down to Methwold and Feltwell.
Supt Dave Marshall, West Norfolk, said: “We’ve already noticed a
drop in the number of offences of heating oil and diesel thefts
reported to us and are pleased that this operation is having an
“Thefts like these clearly fuel other criminal activity and by
targeting those that commit these offences, we are helping to
reduce the number of crimes committed across the borough.”
Although the focus will shift to a specific part of the Borough,
officers will continue carrying out checks on any suspicious
vehicles across the whole of West Norfolk. If you spot any
suspicious activity, contact police on 101 or
999 if a crime is taking place.
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