Driver arrested and vehicles seized in Tyne Tunnel operation

A scaffolding truck seized at the Tyne Tunnel as the driver had no licence

A scaffolding truck seized at the Tyne Tunnel as the driver had no licence

Vehicles were seized and one person arrested after police staged a Tyne Tunnel operation to take dangerour drivers off the roads.

Officers from Northumbria Police's Operations Department teamed up with representatives from HMRC and VOSA at the Tyne Tunnel to carry out stop checks as part of Operation Overlord which is aimed at identifying vehicles with defects that could pose a danger to other road users.

More than 20 vehicles were stopped and one person was arrested for outstanding matters.

Police said today's exercise also saw:

* Two vehicles seized by police for driving without a licence.

* Nine prohibitions issued by VOSA for vehicle related offences.

* Two drivers summonsed for driving without a licence.

* Two drivers issued with substantial fines for fuel evasion after being caught using red diesel in a motor vehicle on a road.

Operations Inspector Mick Brown said: "This was a great example of partnership working that will have prevented these drivers and vehicles causing a major accident in the future.

"Motorists need to be aware that even the smallest defect to your vehicle could have a huge impact if you need to stop suddenly or take evasive action on the road.

"We want to make the north east roads as safe as possible and build upon the good work being done by the Op Dragoon team to tackle dangerous drivers.

"If you're thinking of taking a chance with a broken headlight or a wobbly exhaust then think again - we won't let you get away with it."

Police said the exercise supports the work of the Operation Dragoon team who work with motor patrol officers to tackle dangerous drivers.

Since launching in the summer of 2014, the operation has secured hundreds of convictions.

If you suspect anyone of breaking the law or driving dangerously then contact the team by calling 101.