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Arrests and vehicles seized during police crackdown in Oldham

Two people were arrested and 10 vehicles were seized in a day in Oldham as part of a police crackdown on vehicle crime and traffic offences.

A new joint operation - called Operation Vortex - got under way on Wednesday (19 January) to crack down on vehicle crime and traffic offences in the borough.

The Tactical Vehicle Intercept Unit, along with officers from GMP's Safer Transport Team and officers across the Oldham District, worked along the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency at a static base in Chadderton, stopping a number of vehicles either committing traffic offences, or vehicle crime.

Two men were arrested, one on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs, and one for driving while disqualified and remain in custody for questioning. Ten vehicles have been seized for being driven with no insurance, and one stolen vehicle has been recovered.

In addition, officers also reported 35 traffic offences for a range of driving offences.

Chief Superintendent Mark Dexter, from GMP's Specialist Operations, said: "This will become a regular operation across Greater Manchester, where we will strive to make our communities and roads safer, tackling illegal vehicles which we know that are all too often used in crime and cause harm and misery on the roads.

"I hope this sends a strong message to anyone thinking of breaking the law on our roads, that we are watching, and we won't hesitate to take action to remove you and your vehicle from the road."

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