Vehicle crackdown in Downton hailed a success

Vehicle crackdown in Downton hailed a success

Published by Mike Draper at 2:50pm 9th August 2019. (Updated at 3:07pm 9th August 2019)

A multi agency team carried out spot checks on the Wiltshire Hampshire border.

The cross border team involved HRMC, Environment Agency, National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service, Driver Vehicle Standards Agency and Trading standards along with officers from Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire Police.


  • Search for vehicles used in crimes such as burglaries and the transportation of stolen goods
  • Target anyone using red diesel illegally
  • Check vehicle safety
  • Proper documentation and licences

These operations can also provide great deal of information and intelligence which can be useful to ongoing investigations.

The vehicles were stopped for checks in the car park of Trafalgar School in Downton.

A queue of vehicles wait in the car park of Trafalgar School in Downton to be checked by Police./
Five vehicles were seized due to no tax or no insurance.


Her are the results:

  • 114 vehicles were stopped
  • Five vehicles were seized due to no tax or no insurance
  • Three tickets issued for no MOT
  • One vehicle was found to have red diesel (being further investigated by HMRC)
  • There were 24 Environmental Agency Referrals

During the checks of trades vehicles Police pulled over a vehicle conveying exotic pets.

A baby tortoise was scanned to ensure that it was micro-chipped and had the relevant documentation, which we're pleased to say it did.

A police officer inspects a box containing an exotic baby tortoise.
A baby tortoise was found in one of the vehicles stopped for spot checks by Police this morning in Downton.

Acting Inspector John Hutchings said:

"This was a successful multi agency operation and we are grateful to all our partners who were involved."

"Working together in this way means that we can target offenders and gather pertinent information for the different agencies in order to better investigate, detect and prevent crime. Its also a really good opportunity to educate drivers on vehicle and road safety."

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