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93 crimes in 4 hours in Torbay

Police carry out road safety operation after complaints from residents.

Devon and Cornwall Police says this operation was organised by the Torquay Neighbourhood Team, and was designed to increase community safety by reducing the risk and harm caused by excessive or inappropriate speed, uninsured drivers and defective vehicles being used on Torbay’s roads during the busy holiday period.

Officers say a "substantial number" of people had complained about anti-social driving in Torquay and Paignton.

Torquay Neighbourhood Sergeant Gary Bunn commented: “Torbay is an incredibly busy place during the summer months, especially around the school holiday period. Dangerous, careless and anti-social drivers pose a risk to our communities which is simply unacceptable.”

“Torquay neighbourhood officers, supported by specialist units from across the force, have made significant steps to improving community road safety in Torbay, by intensively targeting those drivers who persistently endanger the communities we all live in.”

These are the offences dealt with over the 4 hour period of the operation: 

  • Excessive speed x 58
  • Traffic offences x 13
  • No vehicle tax x 7
  • No insurance x 5
  • Intelligence submissions x 5
  • Vehicle seizures x 3
  • Arrests (drug driving) x 2

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