Police crackdown on metal theft and waste crimes in Seahaven

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A TOTAL of 55 vehicles were stopped on Monday October 17 as part of Operation Hover, a multi agency crackdown designed to disrupt and detect metal theft and waste crime offences within Lewes District.

Newhaven and Seaford police ran the operation with the road policing unit, Trading Standards, Environment Agency and VOSA at the Hollow on the A26 just north of Newhaven and the weighbridge site at Beddingham on the A27.

Vehicles stopped included open backed flat back transit vans, enclosed transit style vans and other commercial vehicles. All the vehicles were inspected and the drivers questioned and checked.

VOSA found seven vehicles that were issued with prohibition orders. The other three orders were delayed prohibition orders. The road policing unit issued two fixed penalty notices.

One person was in possession of cannabis and was cautioned.

Lewes District Council will write to four companies about needing to register with the Environment Agency as waste carriers. If they have not registered within the month then further action will be taken.