Gloucestershire is hotspot for this illegal motoring offence

Gloucestershire motorists are more likely to doctor their number plates to evade speed cameras than drivers anywhere else in the country.

According to a new survey the county is a hotspot for drivers carrying illegal modifications to their vehicles and has nearly twice as many number plate offences per head of population as the next place, Northern Ireland.

Doctoring plates is often done to avoid speed cameras and automatic number plate recognition but insurers say such illegal modifications might save you points on your licence but invalidate your insurance policy.

Read more: Lorry crashes through level crossing barrier[1].

A freedom of information request to police forces across the country by[2] uncovered the shock data for last year.

In total there were 808 number plate offences in Gloucestershire, which worked out at 1,268 offences per million people.

The next worst area for number plates was Northern Ireland where police caught 1,301 drivers, 687 per million people.

But offenders could be in for a shock because a new law going through the House of Commons could mean a clampdown on those who use fake designs to stop the cameras getting the information.

Conservative MP Andrew Griffith wants to close a loophole in the law which he believes allows anti-social road users to “defy” speeding rules by making the number impossible for cameras to read. This offence carries a fine but no points.

But although Gloucestershire motorists were more likely to be caught with illegal plates, they did not score as badly as many others for noisy exhausts, illegally tinted windows and the wrong lights

Overall there were a total of 925 illegal modifications caught by police in Gloucestershire , which works out at 1,452 per million people.

But in the East of the country, officers were much more likely to prosecute over lights, windows and exhausts.

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Dan Hutson, head of motor insurance at said: ” Modifications tend to fall into two categories: performance or cosmetic, but any modification, no matter how minor, should be reported to your car insurance provider.

“Lawful modifications can increase car insurance premiums, so it’s best to check with your provider before making any changes and there are some providers who specialise in modified cars.

“Modifications which are against the law are likely to invalidate any type of car insurance policy, so do your research beforehand.”


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Drink driver arrested

A driver was arrested and reported for drink driving after a crash in Fordham on Saturday.  

The incident was attended by special constables who were pulled in from another part of the district.  

A police spokesman confirmed the arrest and said the driver had also been reported for not wearing a seatbelt. 

“It was attended by special constables who were out on an operation in the south of the county aimed at tackling road offences,” said the spokesman. 
“As well as dealing with the two-car collision, they also reported a motorist at the traffic lights outside Ely Police Station for not wearing a seatbelt and another for speeding” 

The previous weekend Cambridgeshire Police had taken part in #SpecialsWeekend. 

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“Specials Weekend is a national event where volunteer officers are seen out and about to showcase the vital support they provide to regular officers,” said the spokesman.  

Over the weekend that covered areas including Alconbury, Ely, and Buckden, and dealt with the following… 

16 x Speeding offences 

7 x Not wearing a seatbelt 

2 x Failing to stop at a red light 

1 x Using a mobile phone while driving 

1 x Driving without due care and attention 

1 x Driving without reasonable consideration to others 

1 x Driving without a licence 

1 x Driving without insurance 

M56 police helicopter pursuit with BMW leads to arrests

Two men have been arrested for drugs offences after a high-speed chase involving a police helicopter on the M56 near Runcorn[1].

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit supported by the police helicopter pulled over a silver BMW 116 around 11pm on Monday, June 14 on the M56 westbound carriageway near to junction 11.

The incident occurred near to where a man was airlifted to hospital after his lorry came of the M56 earlier that day[2].

READ MORE: Cheshire and Warrington covid travel restrictions announced[3]

A quantity of what is believed to be cannabis and crack cocaine was found within the BMW after it was stopped.

The occupants of the car, a 21-year-old man from Whitefield, Manchester and a 30-year-old man from Prestwich, Manchester were both arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.

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The driver of the car, the 30-year-old man, was also arrested on suspicion of drug driving and driving without insurance.

Both men are currently being held in police custody where they are being questioned by officers.

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