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Car-reg check nets hundreds of drivers

Reporter: Robbie Gill
Date online: 25 April 2014

GREATER Manchester Police launched its biggest ever automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) operation yesterday and seized 24 cars worth a total of £250,000.

In Oldham six traffic offences were recorded, one person was summonsed to court, one motorist was advised on their manner of driving, one person was stopped and searched and one stolen vehicle was recovered.

Officers were stationed near specific ANPR sites in Oldham and throughout Greater Manchester to react to vehicles flagged up by the cameras.

Over 250 officers in more than 100 vehicles took part in Operation Galileo using Greater Manchester’s extensive camera network to stop over 870 cars for not being licensed, insured or taxed.


Well done GMP that will teach them to get insurance. Why do people think its OK to NOT pay there way in life.

Finally at last, I suspect 50% of vehicles are driven illegally through one offence or another. I think it's brilliant.

Well done......but this is just the tip of the iceberg. I wonder if any were travellers?

Good work GMP! Thought there'd be more tho

well done,lets have more of this.

@Fitton Hill nah, there will always be spongers trying to get an easy life or criminals who just don't care, just a case of catching them!
The police should be out patrolling more often, using sensible judgement (can of worms, not enough space to go down that road here), rather than sitting at a roadside waiting for people. If I were a copper I could have nabbed half a dozen people in the space of a few miles for various offences!

well done the boys in blue.Next week,why don,t we have a stakeout on litterlouts and fly tippers .it's becoming an eyesore around oldham

Nice!! too many illegal cars are on the road you could take more vehicles off the road by dipping their tanks for red diesel, those who steal metal to weigh it in as well as the travelers & taxi drivers.

I noticed all the cars on side streets off Oldham road in Failsworth last week and wondered what they were up to.

Will the police now be going after the hundreds and hundreds of law breakers daily speeding, driving through red lights, undertaking dangerously, parking on pavements, blocking drop pavements for the sight impaired, driving up bus lanes, on the phone?

Of course not.

The *cough* "law abiding majority" wouldn't take well to being made to obey the law.

Law breaking is RAMPANT.


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