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Posted on 15:53:00 on 14th February 2017

Police and partners have carried out a multi-agency operation to target those intending to commit offences in Barrow.


Officers were joined by colleagues from the Environment Agency on the A590 at Dalton this morning (February 14th), as part of Operation Artemis.


Police patrols monitored the A590 and surrounding roads in an attempt to crack down on a range of suspected crimes, from fly tipping to theft to the possession of illegal drugs and driving offences.


Officers, along with the other agency members, carried out approximately 72 stop and search processes, including testing five vehicles for red diesel use.


Two drivers were instructed to produce their documents at a later date in relation to driving offences.


One commercial van was suspected to be carrying waste illegally, and further investigations are on-going.


PC Eric McKinley said:


“By pooling our resources in these multi-agency operations we can target criminals and let them know that we will not tolerate their activity in our county.


“Op Artemis was very positive, and an educational and productive operation.


“We will continue to conduct this sort of activity not only as part of organised operations but during routine patrols, in order to keep Cumbria safe from criminal activity.”


Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “Multi-agency operations such as this are a great way to get a clear message out to criminals that Cumbria is not a soft target, and that we will work together to fight and prevent criminal activity in our county.  I would like to thank our partners for the part they have played in helping to keep our county safe.”

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