OFFICERS from Cheshire Constabulary are joining neighbouring forces across the North West today in a large scale operation to crackdown on travelling criminals.
Police are targeting offenders who use roads, motorways, railways and ports to commit crime, traffic offences or engage in anti-social behaviour.
Technology to pin-point stolen and illegal vehicles is being used along with a new mobile fingerprint detection device which can establish the identity of a person on the police database within seconds.
More than 550 officers from Cheshire Constabulary, Merseyside Police, Lancashire Constabulary, North Wales Police, British Transport Police, Mersey Tunnel Police, Port of Liverpool Police and the North West Motorway Police Group will be working together as part of Operation Big Wing.
They will remove and tow away cars without valid road fund licences, MOT or insurance.
Superintendent Guy Hindle, who is overseeing the Cheshire part of the operation, said: “This is a standard policing operation made slightly further reaching by it being cross border, involving other forces.
“We are always proactively using our resources and technology to arrest criminals and deal with offenders appropriately, but during Operation Big Wing, the public are far more likely to notice our activity.
“The aim is quite simply to make our communities safer by targeting those who seek to harm or exploit them.”