NOTTS and South Yorkshire Police joined forces to clamp down on diesel theft in a major operation at Blyth.
Officers held a multi-agency checkpoint at Blyth Services off the A1 on Thursday 18th October, as part of Operation Cargo.
Since January 2012, Notts Police has seen 149 reports of theft of and attempted theft of fuel, with 37 per cent of those being in the vicinity of the A1.
Sgt John Hewitt, who is leading the operation, said nearly 40,000 vehicles travel along the A1 in Notts each day.
“It is a major commuter and business route through the county and these criminals take advantage of that,” he said.
“The section in Notts is also quite remote and vehicles parked up on the A57 feeder road are also a target for thieves - but we are on to them.”
• For the full results of Operation Cargo, see next week’s Worksop Guardian - out on Friday 26th October.