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Wiltshire police issue £17k in fines after M4 crackdown
4:00pm Friday 13th December 2013 in News
Criminals operating via the M4 have been targeted by HM Revenue and Customs in conjunction with Wiltshire Police in an operation code-named Operation Merlot 2.
The activity focused on motoring offences and excise fraud and resulted in the issue of £17,100 worth of fines to law breakers. The operation ran from Monday to Wednesday this week.
• Two vans containing non-duty paid beer, wine and spirits were seized by HMRC. The unpaid duty on the seized alcohol is estimated at £5,000.
• 30 vehicles were issued fines due to being dangerously overweight and putting other road users at risk
• 77 fixed penalty notices were issued to drivers after breaches of the Road Traffic Act.
Police Sergeant Craig Hardy, from Wiltshire Police Road Policing Unit, said: “Working with our partners we have been able to have a significant impact on drivers who are breaking the law.
"We have issued £17,100 worth of fines and made the section of the M4 running through Wiltshire a safer place for law-abiding drivers.
"These operations with HMRC continue to be successful and deliver significant results that can only serve as a reminder to those who drive on the M4 to make sure they operate within the law.”
Colin Spinks, HMRC assistant director criminal investigation, said: “This pre-Christmas blitz has been a success for HMRC and our law enforcement partners. Together we have prevented non-duty paid alcohol from reaching the West’s streets.
“Alcohol fraud alone costs the UK Government around £1.2 billion a year. Anyone with information about this type of crime should contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”
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