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Multiple Arrests As South Yorkshire Police Clamp Down On Rogue Traders

Friday May 3 2013

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THERE has been nowhere to hide for doorstep criminals as South Yorkshire Police showed its support for national Operation Rogue Trader week.

Three coordinated days of action by the police, Trading Standards, HM Revenue, VOSA and other agencies involved a mix of targeted action and crime prevention advice, and the results are now in.

There were 23 arrests made across the region, and over 1,100 addresses were visited.

Stop sites were set up in key locations with police and other agencies making sure motorists were not using the road network for criminal gain.

There were 598 vehicles stopped from Monday to Wednesday - leading to 35 vehicles being seized. Many had no insurance, and 106 fixed penalty notices being issued for more minor offences such as tyre defects or people not using seatbelts.

DCI Craig Robinson, South Yorkshire Police's lead for doorstep crime, said: “This week’s operation was aimed at targeting rogue traders, bogus officials, pedlars and those claiming benefits while working.

"We know that rogue traders prey on the vulnerable and elderly so residents need to be extra vigilant and report suspicious vehicles or people calling at their homes unannounced. The message is simple: if you’re not sure, don’t open the door.”

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