Hackney police hope to deter criminals by seizing cars

Seven vehicles were seized by police for offences including disqualified driving and no insurance, in an operation hoping to deter criminals.

Officers also made two arrests - one for possession with intent to supply class A drugs and the other for disqualified driving – during automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) exercise on Monday (June 13) in Upper Clapton Road.

PC Peter Coetzer, from Cazenove Safer Neighbourhoods team, said: “This visible operation is just one of many and I hope it will act as a deterrent to criminals and sends out a positive message to the local community.”

ANPR systems operate using a camera, which can scan the number place of up to 3000 vehicles every hour.

The image of each number place is fed through the camera into a computer system, which then checks the details of vehicles held on various enforcement databases including the Police National Computer (PNC),Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), local police intelligence and motor insurers’ databases.