Cross border crack down
TISPOL (The European Traffic Police Network) held a multi-agency cross border European road policing operation last month on cross border long distance coaches. The operation was coordinated with officers from Belgium, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Romania and the UK. Almost 4,000 vehicles were controlled during the crack down, resulting in 40 counts of irregular immigration being detected. Additionally, there were nine cases of possession of a weapon (two of which were firearms), five drug seizures, six cases of smuggling, the arrest of three people wanted on warrant, two cases of forged documents (passport), two stolen cars, one case of human trafficking, as well as other crimes and road traffic related offences. In the UK, Metropolitan Police controlled 58 coaches at Victoria Coach Station in London. They made six arrests, one for weapons, one for a stolen telephone, two for possesion of illicit drugs, one wanted for warrant and one for prostitution carding. Additionally, 15 people were detected in possession of cannabis.