A summer policing initiative in Selby District continues to catch out offenders.
Operation Birch, which was launched in June 2011, aims to reduce crime and the fear of crime by targeting criminals operating in the area and offering a reassuring police presence to the community.
Since the beginning of the operation, officers have been paying particular attention to policing the roads in an effort to deter travelling criminals visiting the district to commit various offences ranging from poaching to scrap metal thefts.
The initiative began with a day of action on 21 June and continued with another targeted operation last Sunday (17 July), with local officers supported by the North Yorkshire Police ANPR team and Trading Standard visiting a car boot sale at Whitley.
The ANPR team stop checked 19 vehicles as they patrolled the A19 from 8am until 12pm. Six of those vehicles were seized for having no insurance, one man was arrested for driving without insurance and eight people were reported for summons for road traffic offences.
At the car boot sale itself, Trading Standards officials carried out a series of test purchases and are following up a number of leads as a result of their enquires.
The mobile police station also visited the car boot sale, with officers on board to offer crime prevention advice in support of Operation Haven - a forcewide anti-burglary campaign - and information about joining Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Watch.
During the afternoon, officers headed to the south of the district to link up with Rural Watch members for targeted patrols in isolated areas.
A high-visibility police presence was on show in and around the villages of Eggborough, Whitley, Beal, Kirk Smeaton, Little Smeaton, Womersley and Walden Stubbs.
Two vehicles were stopped in Beal and officers gathered valuable intelligence about other vehicles frequenting the area.
Sergeant Jackie Booth, of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "Operation Birch has been a great success so far. I am delighted with the response from the community and partner agencies who are all working with us to reduce crime in Selby District.
"The Rural Watch members offer us fantastic support and act as our eyes and ears out in the more isolated areas. They provide us with vital information which helps to combat travelling criminals and poachers and they are also a great help with rural patrols.
"It would be great to get more people signed up to Rural Watch to strengthen our hand even further against the criminals who travel into Selby District to commit crime"
Operation Birch will continue throughout August and September with further days of action planned.
For more information about how to sign up to Rural Watch visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/farmwatch or call your local Safer Neighbourhood Team on 0845 60 60 24 7.
12.35pm - 22 July 2011